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Pierce tells Celtics he's opting out (UPDATE)

Posted on: June 29, 2010 11:05 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2010 12:31 am
 
Add Paul Pierce to the growing list of elite free agents. The Celtics' star notified the team Tuesday that, as expected, he'll exercise the early termination option in his contract and become an unrestricted free agent, said his agent, Jeff Schwartz.

Under normal circumstances, Pierce, 32, would be pretty well assured of returning to Boston in an attempt to chase down another championship. But these are not normal times for the Celtics. Ray Allen is an unrestricted free agent, too, and coach Doc Rivers continues to wrestle with the decision of whether to return to the bench next season or watch his children play college sports.

In some ways, it's a risky move for Pierce to leave $21.5 million on the table next season. But with so many teams chaseing free agents, Pierce will generate plenty of interest from those who strike out on the top-tier players. If nothing else, Pierce re-ups with the Celtics and surpasses that amount with a multi-year deal.

Though the Celtics want to retain Pierce, it's actually welcome news that he's opting out. Even if Boston pays Pierce the max -- $20.8 million next season for a player of his experience -- they still save $1.5 million due to luxury tax implications. Pierce will make up the difference on the back end, while also locking in for three or four more years under the current salary rules, which will be tilted in the owners' favor in the next collective bargaining agreement. Meanwhile, the Celtics will set about trying to determine if their core -- including Rivers -- is staying together.

Even in the unlikely event that Allen and Pierce both leave, it's farfetched for the Celtics to have enough cap room to afford a marquee free agent. They would have flexibility, however, for sign-and-trades.

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Since: Jun 30, 2010
Posted on: June 30, 2010 10:20 pm
 

Pierce tells Celtics he's opting out (UPDATE)

This is a risk.  Hopefully it pays off for him.  What if he breaks his ankle tomorrow playing flag football.



Since: Jun 22, 2010
Posted on: June 30, 2010 3:58 pm
 

Pierce tells Celtics he's opting out (UPDATE)

Pierce is just envious that Kobe got an extension for almost 30 mil a year. He is hoping that Celtics will do the same for him since he is a one time champion.



Since: Sep 1, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2010 2:57 pm
 

Pierce tells Celtics he's opting out (UPDATE)

Pierce will go home to L.A. but in a Clippers uniform! I doubt the Celtics will resign him because he just got outta giving him 21 mil. So the Clips will overpay for his services for 3-4 years while Aminu gets used to the NBA game and finds a jumper. Seems like a perfect fit since LBJ won't even give my man DSterling a chance. We need a closer that will put points up at will and he's that.



Since: Feb 17, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2010 2:02 pm
 

Pierce tells Celtics he's opting out (UPDATE)

This ain't NBA Live 2011...Those 3 scrubs? You have to be kidding, lmao..........

Kupchak "I'll give you my 3 worst players for your best"

Ainge "Go F%^* yourself"



Since: Feb 17, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2010 1:59 pm
 

Pierce tells Celtics he's opting out (UPDATE)

Agreed.



Since: Feb 17, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2010 1:58 pm
 

Pierce tells Celtics he's opting out (UPDATE)

Top 10 in FT attempts nearly every year....Refs must think he's Lebron or Kobe, huh? That post in not even remotely funny....Dude has more balls then you will ever know.



Since: Jan 31, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2010 1:27 pm
 

Pierce tells Celtics he's opting out (UPDATE)

Good Lord, people-he's not coming to L.A.-he stays in Boston where his crybaby disrespectful b.s. belongs.




Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2010 12:57 pm
 

Pierce tells Celtics he's opting out (UPDATE)

"Hearing Paul Pierce is opting out of contract makes me wonder, does he want to come home to L.A. to finish his career"

Not going to happen -- the Lakers are WAY over the cap, to sign Pierce outright he'd have to take no more than the mid-level exception (a little over $5 million?).  No way he opted out of a $21.8 million dollar deal to play with the only team he's ever known to take $5million to play for LA.  The only way he goes to LA is a sign and trade and I just don't see the Lakers (1) taking on a long term, big money contract for a player who, as good as he's been, will be 33 this year) or (2) Giving up any players Boston would actually want to replace Pierce in their lineup -- Farmar (a free agent anyway), Vujacik and Walton are simply not going to get it done and no way LA gives up Bynum or Odom or anyone like that for Pierce.  Third, if the Lakers got Pierce, what do you do with Artest?



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2010 12:50 pm
 

Pierce tells Celtics he's opting out (UPDATE)

"Is it possible for the Celtics to get LeBron?"

No way, unless there is a sign and trade.  Even if Pierce and Allen leave, I believe the Celtics are still at or over the salary cap -- they do not have room to sign a max free agent.



Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2010 11:44 am
 

Pierce tells Celtics he's opting out (UPDATE)

And this makes him different from any other NBA player how ?


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