HoopsHype Paul Pierce rumors

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Training camp hasn't even started, but Paul Pierce already has laid down the law in the locker room for the 2014-15 season: Protect home court. It happened earlier Thursday, before Marcin Gortat and Otto Porter arrived at The Unseld School to promote an Oct. 20 preseason game at Baltimore Arena. "You like competitive guys that take things serious. He's not the type of guy that has a lot of friends in the NBA. Like the old days," said Otto Porter, a rising second-year player who'll be Pierce's backup at small forward and has been taken under his wing. "That's good. That's what our team needs. "Today I heard him say, "Hey, we got to protect home court this year. Anybody who come up here, they're going to get beaten up.' I was like, 'That's what I'm talking about.' I hadn't heard that in here. I'm about that. That's how it was at Georgetown. Protect home court, always. … That's going to change." CSNWashington.com

Pierce's conditioning and work ethic, despite being 36, has many who aren't familiar with him in awe, as CSN reported here earlier in the week. The touch of nastiness makes it even better for Gortat, who believes it'll more than fill the void left by the departures of veterans Trevor Ariza and Al Harrington. CSNWashington.com

September 23, 2014 Updates

King indicated in June that he wanted to re-sign Pierce. "That was the plan of attack," King said Monday at an NBA Cares event on Staten Island. "And I think as we started negotiations, with the numbers that they asked for, I thought at one point he was definitely leaving. You start switching gears because you start hearing that he's going to end up in another place, so you have to start preparing." Newsday

King said Pierce's representatives circled back to the Nets, but they already had plans to retool the roster in other ways, operating under the notion that Pierce's bags were packed. "It was his first time ever being a free agent, and so I think he was exploring all his options," King said. "I thought that there were a lot of teams that had put offers on the table or were talking to him. I really thought that he was going to end up someplace else. I don't know who, but it was one [free agent] player signed and things quickly changed. We had already started preparing that he was already not going to be back." Newsday

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Paul Pierce posed for a Spalding ad on Western Kentucky’s campus this week. That meant lots of photographs of Paul Pierce in a Wizards uniform. Washington Post

August 23, 2014 Updates

If the idea of going to the gym on a Saturday morning sounds comparable to having root canal procedure during a tax audit, here's some motivation from one of the newest Washington Wizards: Paul Pierce posted video of himself running sprints uphill on sand dunes in Malibu. CSNWashington.com

August 18, 2014 Updates

Here's what we know: Paul Pierce has put out a photo on Instagram showing the veteran NBA star on a private jet, seated next to Al Pacino. The Oscar-winning actor recently performed a one-man show in Las Vegas. The caption says only, "Bosses chillin." So we don't know how the two ended up on the plane together or where it was headed or whether they were just about to dig into the fruit plate sitting in front of them. FoxSports.com

August 14, 2014 Updates

That's when KG and Paul Pierce tried to get Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge to bring me in because they thought I could replace Tony Allen, who signed with the Grizzlies the summer before. The Celtics got with my agent, Mark Bartelstein, but that didn't work out. To this day, Paul Pierce always tells Danny, "I told you DeMarre was going to be good." Bleacher Report

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Four players – three of them future Hall of Famers – took pay cuts of a staggering eight figures this offseason. Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol and Paul Pierce all took salary slashes of more than $10 million to extend their careers with contending teams. They head the list of the top 10 individual pay cuts this summer. Our list uses exact salary figures from last season. In some cases, this season’s figures are averages of multi-year deals received by players. For example, Ben Gordon signed a two-year, $9 million contract with the Orlando Magic. But until we receive exact figures sometime next month, we are assigning Gordon an annual average salary. SheridanHoops

July 17, 2014 Updates

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has signed forward Paul Pierce. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. "We are very happy to welcome Paul to our organization and add his championship experience and history of clutch play to our team," said Grunfeld. "He will be a good fit alongside our young, dynamic backcourt while his presence and leadership will make a difference for us both on and off the court." NBA.com

July 15, 2014 Updates

The Wiz didn’t have Paul Pierce in the bag when they drew a line in the sand on Ariza, but they had intel that Pierce would be amenable to moving after the Jason Kidd fiasco, per sources familiar with the situation. They put on the full-court press, sending Sam Cassell, a former teammate in Boston, to visit Pierce in Vegas, and having Marcin Gortat, John Wall, and others pepper him with texts and calls. Grantland

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