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Pierce, Celts finalize 4-year, $61 million deal

Posted on: July 3, 2010 11:45 pm
Edited on: July 4, 2010 12:02 am
 

Paul Pierce is officially staying in green-and-white, finalizing his four-year, $61 million contract with the Celtics Saturday night, a person with knowledge of the agreement told CBSSports.com.

Pierce had opted out of the final year of his contract, which would've paid him $21.5 million, in part to give the Celtics flexibility to retain free agent Ray Allen and make a run at another championship with coach Doc Rivers, who announced this week he was returning for the final year of his contract. Pierce, 32, accepted less than the maximum the Celtics could have paid him as a 10-plus-year veteran, which was $96 million over four years. But a person familiar with the situation said the fourth year was fully guaranteed, which had been a sticking point in the negotiations.

Now, the Celtics will focus on retaining Allen, a move that would keep the Big Three -- and point guard Rajon Rondo -- intact for a run at the franchise's 18th championship. Also Saturday night, NBA.com's David Aldridge reported that forward Rasheed Wallace -- who informed the team after the NBA Finals that he planned to retire -- is possibly reconsidering that decision.

Comments

Since: Jun 9, 2010
Posted on: July 4, 2010 10:27 pm
 

Pierce, Celts finalize 4-year, $61 million deal

Whatever dude, go jump on the LeBron/Wade wagon...they didn't choke, LA wanted it more. 



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: July 4, 2010 4:41 pm
 

Pierce, Celts finalize 4-year, $61 million deal

17 time losers?????



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2010 2:58 pm
 

Pierce, Celts finalize 4-year, $61 million deal

and then crumble when it counts



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2010 2:56 pm
 

Pierce, Celts finalize 4-year, $61 million deal

hahaha nice!!! ya he forgot the 'i hurt my little ankle.....wait im back and going to be a hero' routine. the way he was shooting maybe he should have hurt his ankle....couldn't have hurt his shot



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2010 2:54 pm
 

you can have him

i am impressed with paul pierce taking less money for his team..thats very rare today, but he is super overrated...the guy is out of shape and i hate to watch any celtic games for the fact that i actually get angry watching him drive to the hoop , throw is head back and scream...begging for the refs to bail him out.. and you all seen the finals ..he completely didn't show up in half those games, shooting horriblely. overrated as a player, but nice to see him accept less money ( but i would have to agree with the one post that 61 million ain't that small of a check either)



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2010 2:03 pm
 

Pierce, Celts finalize 4-year, $61 million deal

So, bstromer, you say "Boston sucks and they are a bunch of losers"?  Right, because they have played in 2 of the past 3 championships, have won more championships than any other team, have 3 Hall of Famers currently on their roster, one of the best point guards in the game, and on and on.  But they suck...hmm....  This coming from a guy from New York.  Ah, there it is.  You are just a hater.  You can't stand to see the Celtics rolling while your Knicks and Nets continue to struggle.  And to answer your question, a lot of people care.  This is arguably the most significant free agency in NBA history, maybe sports history.  There are probably 5 - 10 future hall of famers that could change teams, change the landscape of the game, and possibly lead to a completely different structure of contracts.  So, when many athletes would be looking at this as their last chance to make max money, you have a guy like The Truth, who opts out of his deal, doesn't even consider other teams because of his loyalty to Boston, and then takes a contract to finish his career in Boston making 20 - 30 million less than he could have.  I'd say that's pretty significant. 




Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: July 4, 2010 1:13 pm
 

Pierce, Celts finalize 4-year, $61 million deal

You're all missing the point here.  Pierce opted out because the CBA is coming up next year and he figures this to be the best shot at one more big payday while he still has something to offer anyone.  Everyone acts like this is some grand selfless move to keep a team together but in reality he is chosing to get an extra $40M locked in before his skills diminish and before the uncertainty of the CBA effects him.  It is nice that it help the Celtics today but this wasn't entirely about winning as some want to make it out to be.



Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: July 4, 2010 12:28 pm
 

Pierce, Celts finalize 4-year, $61 million deal

This is crazy.  I could see offering Pierce/Allen both 1 year contracts because they possibly could make 1 more run.  The Celts are going to be tied to a long term deal with a fading player and no chance to win after next season is over.




Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2010 11:21 am
 

Pierce, Celts finalize 4-year, $61 million deal

He didn't opt out to show loyality or take less.  He opted out to get a new contract with the current rules, since next season there may be a totally different set of rules which will more than likely favor the owners. 



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2010 11:16 am
 

Pierce, Celts finalize 4-year, $61 million deal

I love the jealousy!  It's so great that the world has to look at Boston every year during playoff time for every sport!!! 


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