Berger: Nets will let market dictate offer for Paul Pierce

Will Paul Pierce's value go into free fall?   (USATSI)
Will Paul Pierce's value go into free fall? (USATSI)

More Offseason Analysis: Updating Free Agency news | Top 40 free agents's Ken Berger reports that the Brooklyn Nets have reached out to star forward Paul Pierce to attempt to re-sign the Truth ... but only after the maket has been set for the 36-year-old. 

It's a wise strategy, but still shows how far Pierce has slid from his glory days as one of the 10-best players in the league. Pierce averaged 13.5 points and 4.6 rebounds last season for Brooklyn, taking on more and more of the load as the year went on based on his move to power forward in the Nets' small-ball approach. Pierce still shot 45 percent from the field with a 52.9 percent effective field goal percentage, his highest since 2011. 

The market for Pierce has gone widely underreported, with the only name being whispered about him being the Clippers, to reunite with old coach Doc Rivers. Kevin Garnett is believed to be returning to the Nets, but a departure by Pierce in free agency, coupled with the Jason Kidd disaster, could change things. 

Either way, the Nets aren't rushing to get the Truth back in line. 

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