In a conversation with Bill Simmons, Danny Ainge talks about the trade that sent Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to the Nets, saying that a number of factors helped get the deal done, not the least of which was the “connection” Pierce has with Deron Williams and Jason Kidd: they share Jeff Schwartz as an agent.
The Birdman has let it be known. He wants to continue to fly south for the winter. Chris Andersen, who becomes a free agent July 1, told fans at the Miami Heat’s championship rally Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena, “Let’s try to get a three-peat next year.’’ If there was any doubt about what the center said, his agent confirmed to FOX Sports Florida that Andersen wants to re-sign with the Heat. “He put it clearly,’’ said Mark Bryant, who attended the rally for Miami’s second straight title. “(The Heat) gave him an opportunity, and he absolutely wants to come back.’’