Option: Trade Paul Pierce
Pierce could be a Celtic for life, but he could also bring a substantial amount of talent back in a deal with a team that feels it's one piece away from a championship. Trading Pierce may bring a young player and/or a draft pick that could hasten the Celtics' rebuilding process. It would take guts to let Pierce go. Despite Rondo's emergence, Pierce is still the best player on the Celtics because of his ability to create his own shot. He could help future Celtics teams, no matter how those teams are constituted. His contract could be an impediment to a deal.