HoopsHype Paul Pierce rumors

July 11, 2014 Updates

Paul Pierce made a remarkable run in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event. But his dreams of cashing were squashed early Friday morning, when he was eliminated just shy of the money. According to ESPN.com’s poker expert Andrew Feldman, Pierce finished in around 800th place. The top 693 finishers get paid. Nevertheless, Pierce has nothing to be ashamed of. This year’s tournament field featured 6,683 entrants, and the future Hall of Fame forward, who played last season with the Brooklyn Nets, nearly made it to Day 4 in the $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em event. ESPN.com

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Paul Pierce is a free agent, but he doesn't seem to care that much. In the midst of the beginning of the free agency period, Pierce is at the World Series of Poker participating in the Texas Hold'em style tournament. NetsDaily

The Nets would like to pay Pierce around $6-8 million per season on a short-term contract, sources say. Pierce, however, as first reported by Sports Illustrated and confirmed by ESPNNewYork.com, would like to be paid around $9-10 million. Sources have said since before the start of free agency that it likely was going to take somewhere in the neighborhood of $9-10 million to entice Pierce to come back. ESPN.com

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Adrian Wojnarowski: Doc Rivers trying to work sign-and-trade w/ Cavs for Hawes, preserving Clippers exception to still target Paul Pierce, sources tell Y. Unless Clippers are willing to trade JJ Redick or first-round picks to Nets for Paul Pierce, a sign-and-trade is unlikely, sources tell Y Twitter @WojYahooNBA

July 3, 2014 Updates

The Nets remain in negotiations to retain Paul Pierce, but GM Billy King suggested there's a frugality to this process that perhaps didn't exist when Mikhail Prokhorov was scoffing at the luxury tax. In other words, there's concern that Pierce won't be back next season. Or maybe it's just a negotiating ploy. "We're in the process. I think we know the number we want to get to and they know the number they want to get to and we're just trying to get to the part that we're all comfortable," King said Thursday on ESPN radio. "It's just a negotiation process. We have the ability to pay him more than anybody else but we are going to be a little bit more financially responsible at this point and time." New York Daily News

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