Daughter: Red Wouldn’t Trade Pierce, Garnett
While weighing whether to trade Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett this past summer, Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge remembered how the franchise didn’t deal aging stars Larry Bird and Kevin McHale while they still had value. Late Celtics patriarch Red Auerbach valued loyalty over business, and opted to hold onto the two stars until they retired.
And if Auerbach were still alive and running the Celtics today, there’s at least one person who thinks he also wouldn’t have traded Pierce and Garnett.
“I would have bet money that he wouldn’t have done it,” Auerbach’s daughter, Randy Auerbach, told Yahoo Sports. “I don’t know everything that has happened of late, but what I knew of my dad, I don’t see him making that trade.”
“I would guarantee he wouldn’t have traded them. I’m definite in that.”