Celtics trade rumors and news: Boston rejects Nets offer for Paul Pierce, seeks guard help

Mike Stobe

The Boston Celtics rejected an offer for Paul Pierce from the Brooklyn Nets, and they've put rookie Fab Melo on the block in search of help in the backcourt.

The Brooklyn Nets covet Paul Pierce, but the Boston Celtics aren't taking their current offer. A package of Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and a first-round pick is on the table, according to Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski, but Boston isn't satisfied with the offer as of Wednesday.

Mirza Teletovic and another first-round pick might be enough to sway the Celtics, but their other actions as the trade deadline nears appear to revolve around making a playoff run with Pierce and Kevin Garnett.

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The team signed wing Terrence Williams to a 10-day contract on Wednesday, but it is still looking to shore up the backcourt. CBS Sports' Ken Berger reports that Boston is interested in Charlotte Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson, and Wojnarowski added that rookie seven-foot big man Fab Melo is being used as trade bait.

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Injured point guard Rajon Rondo is unlikely to be dealt, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard, but he is available. A deal involving another superstar, including Josh Smith, could be enough to send Rondo out of Beantown. So too could any deal involving Dwight Howard, though the Lakers have shot down every trade rumor regarding their center.

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