HoopsHype Paul Pierce rumors

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

Rivers also said that he would have liked to bring in Paul Pierce, who helped him win a championship in 2008 and played under Rivers for nine seasons in Boston. Pierce wanted to come home to LA, but the financials did not line up, and he wound up going to the Wizards. “We talked a lot,” Rivers said. “Quite honestly, a sign-and-trade just wasn’t possible. That would be great, but Paul ends up in Washington and that’s great for him. But clearly, we have a relationship — and he has a relationship with LA, that is where he is from. That would have been great. But it just couldn’t happen. They’re in a tough situation because they have so much money — 100 million (payroll). So they can’t take on any more salary and a sign-and-trade would mean they’re taking on more salary. They literally just cannot do it. We knew it would be hard. We tried every avenue and it just wouldn’t work.” Sporting News

July 13, 2014 Updates

Michael Scotto: Sources: Brooklyn Nets never made an offer to Paul Pierce. Meanwhile, the franchise expects Kevin Garnett to return despite Pierce leaving. Twitter @MikeAScotto

Sources close to the process told ESPN.com on Saturday that Pierce has committed to sign a two-year, $11 million deal with the Wizards, who moved swiftly to find a title-tested replacement for Trevor Ariza after Ariza struck an agreement earlier in the day to join the Houston Rockets. ESPN.com

The contract, sources said, has a player option after this season that will allow Pierce, 36, to return to free agency next summer if he chooses. ESPN.com

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

July 10, 2014 Updates

Mike Mazzeo: Pierce confirms (as if needed) that Doc has called him and says as others have dominos will fall when Melo/Bron land #Nets Twitter @MazzESPN

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