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Paul Pierce says Celtics should trade No. 1 overall pick

05.17.17 at 9:41 pm ET
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Paul Pierce believes the Celtics should trade the No. 1 pick for a superstar. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Paul Pierce believes the Celtics should trade the No. 1 pick for a superstar. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

One night after taking credit for the Celtics landing the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Celtics legend Paul Pierce has already revealed what he believes the club should do with the pick. 

Speaking with ESPN on Wednesday, Pierce clearly believes it’s time for Danny Ainge to make another blockbuster deal. 

“You trade this pick, because [Markelle Fultz] cannot help the Celtics get over the top,” Pierce told The Jump. “The window is now.”

On the Celtics during those lean years where draft lottery eluded the franchise — the ultimate miss coming when the Celtics had the second-best chance at the No. 1 pick but ended up with No. 5 overall during the Kevin Durant/Greg Oden/Al Horford draft back in 2007 — Pierce noted the success of the club in the now, and how they’re just another piece or two away from a return to glory. 

“You’re a 50-win team, you’re the No. 1 seed. You have to build on this momentum,” said Pierce. “If you can acquire a Paul George, Jimmy Butler, or Gordon [Hayward] from Utah, you have to do it.”

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