Having spent his entire 14-plus seasons with one franchise could easily create a sense of comfort that being traded happens -- just not to me.

But Paul Pierce isn't that naive -- not now, not ever.

So while maintaining that he wants to finish out his career as a Boston Celtic, Pierce knows that there is a chance that he could be traded prior to Thursday's 3 p.m trade deadline.

"Can't worry about that. I have a job to do," said Pierce, who had a game-high 26 points in Boston's 113-99 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. "And they have to do what's best for them, for the franchise. And I understand this -- I always understood that this is a business."

It is a business that seemingly year after year includes his name in trade talks.

Some are of the pipe dream variety (no, trading Fab Melo to the Lakers will not net you Dwight Howard), while others have indeed been legit proposals that the Celtics ultimately decided to take a pass on.

The latest involves Pierce being shipped to Brooklyn in exchange for Kris Humphries and MarShon Brooks, who was actually drafted by the Celtics in 2011, but had his draft rights traded to the Nets in exchange for the draft rights to JaJuan Johnson.

Whatever trade talk is out there, Pierce said it hasn't filtered its way into his thoughts or attention.

"I really don't think about it," Pierce said. "I really don't let it ... I really don't even read about it."

Ranking among the all-time Celtics greats in a number of categories, Pierce has not been given any reason to believe that he will be shipped out of town anytime soon.