HoopsHype Paul Pierce rumors

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As for cost-cutting, how's that going to work. With only 10 players under contract, the Nets contractual commitments for next season stand at little less than $90 million and that doesn't include whatever free agents Paul Pierce and Shaun Livingston get. The chances of the Nets going into next season with another $100 million payroll seem high ... unless the Nets starting dumping salaries this week. That is unlikely in the extreme. The Nets have a chance, if they compete at a high level, to make further inroads in the Knicks fan base. That would add further value to the franchise. Do the Nets want to cut costs? No doubt, with a $50 million loss on their balance sheet. Will it affect the team? That's a different story. NetsDaily

June 22, 2014 Updates

The Celtics were burned 17 years ago when the banked on Chauncey Billups and Ron Mercer to help their rebuilding project. Billups lasted just 51 games and Mercer two seasons in Boston. A year later, Paul Pierce fell to the Celtics with the 10th pick after being projected as a top-three selection, and he went on to become the franchise’s No. 2 all-time scorer. “In essence, we were very lucky because we got Paul Pierce,” said former Celtics general manager Chris Wallace. “It’s better to be lucky than good. I’ve been doing this a long time, seven teams and 17 years, it’s an inexact science. What would have happened if we couldn’t get to Paul [in the draft] and we had to deal with the rest of the players? There would have been no championship in 2008.” Boston Globe

June 17, 2014 Updates

The end is near for Paul Pierce ... so says the Brooklyn Nets superstar himself who tells TMZ Sports he's only got 1 or 2 years left before his NBA run is over. Pierce was out in Calabasas this morning picking up a few cases of water -- and explained that he was trying to stay hydrated after a killer morning workout. When asked why he was already puttin' in work ... even though the season JUST ended ... Pierce dropped this nugget on us: "It's a long grind. It's a long grind dawg ... I only got 1 or 2 years left in me." TMZ.com

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James also added that despite the trade that sent both Celtics packing for Brooklyn last summer, he still associates them with the C's franchise that they carried for so long. "As weird as it is seeing them in black and white, you still see green on them," he said. "You still see green on Paul. You still see green on KG. Those guys still just have championship DNA. Being able to compete against those guys in a series is the ultimate for a competitor." Celtics Blog

Pierce, 36, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and the Nets own his Bird Rights, which allows them to offer him more money than any other team. "I think I still have something in the tank I can give a team," he added. "Maybe one or two (years) at the most." ESPN.com

But now that the Nets are headed into the offseason following Wednesday’s season-ending 96-94 loss to the Heat in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, the question will be whether they paid that price for only one year of production from the two future Hall of Famers. “I really haven’t put any thought into it,” said Pierce, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. “I put my whole focus into this season. This was my last year of my contract. “I’m going to sit back, talk to the family, see my options and go from there, and see what’s best not only for myself but my family.” New York Post

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The Heat guard admitted to thinking he would never have to face Pierce and Garnett again in the postseason yesterday as he held court with reporters in Miami. "No," Wade responded when asked if he thought he would see Pierce and Garnett again. "We thought when we played them in Boston, we buried them." Boston Globe

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