May 13, 2011
Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce(notes) averaged 20.8 points and five rebounds per game during the playoffs, but the Celts' executive director of basketball operations Danny Ainge is already talking about the possibility of having him become a bench player next season, according to the Boston Globe.
"Maybe there's a change of roles," Ainge said, the paper reports. "Maybe Paul [Pierce] comes off the bench, cuts down on his minutes. Maybe we find a way to get Jeff [Green] more minutes. His role will expand if he's back here next year. There's no question about that."
The 24-year-old Green averaged 7.3 points and 2.7 rebounds during the playoffs
The 33-year-old Pierce has been with the club since being drafted 10th overall in the 1998 draft. Since then, he's a nine-time All-Star and was the NBA finals MVP in 2008 when the Celtics won its league-leading 17th NBA title.