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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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Posted on: June 30, 2010 2:27 am
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Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2010 2:06 am

Pierce tells Celtics he's opting out (UPDATE)


Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2010 1:27 am

Pierce tells Celtics he's opting out (UPDATE)

Great post, best thing I've heard about Pierce in a while.

Personally, my favorite is when he's expecting contact but the defender slips back and he screams and falls down without touching anyone.  I saw that a couple of times in the Finals.

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2010 1:15 am

Pierce tells Celtics he's opting out (UPDATE)

This is only business and it makes sense for both Pierce and the Celtics.  The players have had the upperhand for all collective bargaining agreements with the owners shortly after Majic and Bird came into the league.  With the guidance of David Stern the league grew in popularity thus increasing revenue and money for players and owners alike.  Pierce needs a new contract before the existing agreement ends to ensure he's fairly compensated for the remainder of his career (three - four years).  Plus the Celtics decrease their luxury tax and allow Pierce to retire respectfully in a Celtic uniform.  And for you whining & complaining Boston fans who don't understand the economics or finacial benefit of this move understand this, IT Doesn't Matter!  Boston is done, finished.  Build your team around Rondo, Shrek and the Donkey.  See if Kevin Mchale can give another HOF player for free.  It was over twenty years between the last NBA Championship 1986 and 2008, well get ready because this drought will be even longer.  They had a shot this year and blew it!   You'll be lucky to make the playoffs next year, if so you'll get swept in the first round.  Let Ray Allen walk and see what happens to your scrubs.  KG is is passed his prime and should come off the bench for maybe 15-20 minutes per game.  What free-agents would likely go to Boston?  None!  Start cheering for the Red Sox or when Kobe and LAKERS come to town start the chant of M-V-P one more time!

Since: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: June 30, 2010 12:59 am

Pierce tells Celtics he's opting out (UPDATE)

lafatman, I wouldn't discount anybody opting out of a contract to move to another team.  I never thought I'd see the day Karl Malone was in a fricken' LAKERS UNIFORM?!?!  Paul Pierce would get his butt booed bigtime visiting TD Gardens if he were to sign a deal with the Lakers.  Believe it or not, he is the only Celtic player that I like since he is originally from the City of Inglewood.  But the chances of him signing are slim to none.  He would need to sign more than likely as a MLE player or less.  Other teams would definitely offer more for his abilities.  But once again, anything is possible.

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2010 12:43 am

Pierce tells Celtics he's opting out (UPDATE)

do you think celtics would be willing to get sasha, walton and farmar for pierce? over my dead body...that's a joke. maybe bynum and walton would be fine but not those 3 stooges.

Since: May 20, 2010
Posted on: June 30, 2010 12:24 am

Pierce comes home to LA? maybe

Hearing Paul Pierce is opting out of contract makes me wonder, does he want to come home to L.A. to finish his career.  Now I know my Laker brothers may laugh me off and Celtic fans say you guys hate Pierce now you want him?  First off I don't think the Lakers could Take on Pierce unless it was a sign and trade.  But it would make sense since he's a Cali guy.  Get rid of Jordan Farmar and Luke Walton and Sasha. Oh well just a thought, what you guys think?

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2010 12:22 am

Pierce tells Celtics he's opting out

The Celtics were so high in the luxury tax, that i dont think they have all that much cap space to work with. I could be wrong and i dont know the exact numbers, but im pretty sure thats the case

Its much the same way that if the Caveliers lose Lebron James, they still dont have any cap room.

That said, I dont see anybody leaving Boston. I think they come back. They shouldnt come back but they probably will. On a side note, i CANNOT BELIEVE Pierce opts out of all that money. He deserves 10m at best next year, he was gonna get like 22m. Lets say he signs a 3 year deal at 10m a year, thats 8m more then what he woulda earned in one year. If he doesnt opt out, hes a free agent next year, and probably signs a sold 2-3 year deal at like 6m a year.

The Celtics will not be in the running for a star, even if Pierce and Allen leave. Chances are though, the team stays. If Pierce and Allen leave, that team is in some huge trouble. Rondo will be shut down easily on offense with nobody around him. Dont guard the 15 foot jump shot and block the lane on him. Easy Peasy. He doesnt get in the lane, he doesnt get points or assists. 

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2010 12:15 am

Pierce tells Celtics he's opting out

Let's be serious, Pierce is like Derek Jeter to the Celtics, he's staying

Since: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2010 12:13 am

Pierce tells Celtics he's opting out

So with Pierce opting out. What do the Celtics have for cap space? Do the have 2 max contracts? Pierce and Allen and the other 6 free agents? Anyone know?

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