Yes Pierce can stay, and yes he has been the face of Boston for a decade now, but the $21 million dollars he is getting next year should he stay is way too much for the Celtics to afford.
Should they keep Pierce their team salary is already over the cap, but without him they have the ability to sign some players this off season.
He has been the heart and soul of the Celtics for so long, and the day he is no longer in a Celtics uniform will be felt around New England. He has had a stellar career, but the Celtics organization should learn from the first "Big Three" that holding on to players can ruin a team.
Ray Allen showed us two things during the finals. He is the best shooter in NBA history. He also showed us that he can no longer be consistent.
After an incredible game 2 he did not show up for the rest of the series. Yes he did do an amazing job on Kobe, but they needed him to shoot late in game 7 and he could not.
The point is keeping these two would prove to be very costly in their check books.