Its the only way.
We have all gone back and forth. We have tossed to and fro the possibilities of bargin free agents and serviceable mid-level exception candidates. We write articles about trade possibilities and rebuilding processes, the apprehension of Doc Rivers or the options for Ainge. But in the end all this come down to the Captain.
Doc, Danny, and KG have all remained relatively quiet because they are all hoping that Paul Pierce, the face of the franchise the past decade, a perpetual starter for the most storied franchise ever since he entered the league, and the highest compensated Celtic in franchise history by a mile ($150,000,000+). They are all waiting for the "Truth" to make a leadership gesture ala Dirk Nowitzki. Pierce's legacy as one of the all-time great Celtics is not in question. But if he truly seeks to enter into an unbreakable trilogy along side Russell and Bird, he must make this sacrifice.
Paul, you could walk into Danny's office today and tell him that you are willing to take a $10 million dollar pay cut this up coming season in exchange for a 2-year extension. You could tell him that Boston has provided you the opportunity to have the career and security for your family that you could have only dreamed of as 10th overall draftee from Inglewood, California back in 1998. You could tell him that you have spoken to Doc and that you have chosen for the health of the team and growth of our possible future franchise player, Jeff Green to come off the bench and show our young players just what the most lethal 6th Man in the league should look like. You could tell him that you have spoken to Kevin and that he, the highest compensated player in the history of the league has also expressed that he would take a simular sacrifice, but only if we both are assured that Ainge utilize the money to bring in a true all-star to help us to make one more run at a ring. You could tell him that you would do this, and in exchange you want your jersey retired and hung in the rafters of the Garden within 60 seconds of the fourth quarter buzzer sounding in you final game.
Danny would welcome and appreciate this change. And that is The Truth.