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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.

Category: NBA

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2010 11:58 pm

Pierce tells Celtics he's opting out

This is nuts... It's been good Paul but the Celtics need to look towards the future and get some young guys around Rondo. I think this makes signing Allen at 8-9 million for 2 years very tempting. Is it possible for the Celtics to get LeBron?

Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2010 11:49 pm

Pierce tells Celtics he's opting out

Yup, this was the last year of the Big Three. Ray Allen and Paul Pierce are both most likely gone. KG is even older next season. Collapse is inevitable. Rondo, Perkins, and Davis are the future to be built now. Need a legitimate SG (hopefully resign Ray Allen and he can mentor/groom our next starter SG). Idk about our draft picks, Avery Bradley seems small for a shooting guard, but hopefully that makes no difference. I say get a good veteran SG/SF, and just rebuild. No way we can win a championship next season, go for one in 3+. 

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2010 11:39 pm

Pierce tells Celtics he's opting out

It was a good run, but we all knew this time was approaching.  I think now is the time to, rather than mortgage the farm for an aging star, begin the inevitable rebuilding process.  You can build around Rajon, Big Perk, Big Baby, Avery Bradley.....IF you think you can seriously compete next year, go after a Dirk or a Joe Johnson.  But you need to start building for the future now.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2010 11:32 pm

Pierce tells Celtics he's opting out

Pierce has decided to play professional soccer.  In a statement released today he had this to say.  "I already act like a little b*tch anytime anyone touches me.  Remember how I needed a wheelchair in the '08 Finals only to return 2 minutes later like nothing was wrong?  See, I already am a soccer player."
The Celtics immediately let go 2 of their training staff with Pierce's announcement.  "With Pierce not faking injuries anymore, we decided we could cut costs." GM Danny Ainge told the Boston Herald.

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