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Report: Nets’ interest in sign-and-trading Paul Pierce to Clippers? Zilch

Jul 4, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT

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Paul Pierce, an unrestricted free agent, might want to join the Clippers. Not only do they play in his hometown, they employee his former coach, Doc Rivers.

But the Nets, who hold Pierce’s Bird rights, have some leverage.

The Clippers can offer Pierce no more than the non-taxpayer mid-level exception – $5,305,000 starting,$22,652,350 over four years – unless they convinced Brooklyn to do a sign-and-trade.

Alex Raskin of The Wall Street Journal:

If they really don’t care about payroll, they could offer Pierce a max contract to stay. It wouldn’t impact their ability to sign someone else. Whether or not they keep Pierce, the Nets would still have only the taxpayer mid-level exception – $3,278,000 starting,$10,550,175 over three years – to add a free agent.

Dangling players like Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes, Jared Dudley and Reggie Bullock probably won’t get it done for the Clippers.

Of course, this could just be posturing on Brooklyn’s part. If Pierce really wants to test the Nets, he could threaten to sign with the Clippers for the mid-level exception.

That could turn sign-and-trade discussions serious in a hurry. Maybe Crawford wouldn’t seem like such a bad consolation prize at that point.

  1. av416 - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    They employee his former coach. Nice.

  2. csbanter - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    I guess spell check malfunctioned once again. smh @PBT

  3. remyje - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    that’s not even that bad of an error compared to some of the other ones lol

  4. adoombray - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    a quick google shows that as of May 2011 – before the Nets – Pierce had made upwards of 137 million in the NBA. If he wants to play the Clippers, he will, money is not a factor. I would imagine bailing on his dude Kevin Garnett would be the bigger consideration ; they won a title together and that Nets trade only happened because they were in it together.

  5. Kevin S. - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    If the Clips were willing to talk CJ Wilcox and their 2017 pick, I might be interested. But why would the Nets take back dead salary to help Pierce get more money? If they aren’t going to have him, they might as well reduce their tax bill.

    • cantonb0und13 - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:59 PM

      C.J. Wilcox and a future 1st round pick for Pierce? LMAO!

      • Kevin S. - Jul 4, 2014 at 6:07 PM

        Oh, I doubt the Clips would pay that. But from the Nets’ perspective, it’s not worthwhile for them to take back the salary unless they get something valuable in return. In all likelihood, Pierce decides between LA’s MLE and the Nets’ roughly $8 million/year.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:34 PM

      agree they can’t do a bad trade for Pierce…

      but the Nets SHOULD trade him for something if they get decent value.

      the Nets are going NOWHERE this coming season. they have few draft picks in coming yrs

      the team can’t and won’t be competitive until AFTER Paul is long retired.

      So, if the keep Paul, they are still going nowhere and then Paul retires and they have nothing to show for his time there.

      Flip Paul for young pieces, draft pick… something because right now Paul will play for them, they’ll get nowhere and he’ll retire.

      The Nets GAVE UP a lot to get Paul, KG and J Terry. They did not come close to getting what they want from them so now at least try to minimize the damage.

      get a kid who could still help them 6, 7 and 8 yrs from now…

      • Kevin S. - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:45 PM

        Well now they have a little more leverage. If the Clips want him, they have no choice but to play ball with the Nets now with Hawes taking up their MLE.

  6. sportsnut101 - Jul 4, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    What dummy will offer him 4 yr deal
    Hes slow and old can he play some sure
    But im not offering 4 yr 20 mill at all
    2yr 8 mill max

  7. campcouch - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Paul Pierce has done his time and earned his respect in basketball. Unfortunately he’s on the downslope of his career. Doc Rivers insists on signing former players from Boston because he liked what they did 6 years ago. Got it, he guided the Celtics to a title during his 9 years there with three HOFers and an All-Star PG, but he seems to get a pass on any move he makes because of it. He could’ve offered that Hawes deal to someone like Lance Stephenson and then signed any number of big bodies to give his guys a rest.

  8. clevelandrox - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    LOL, i cant believe the clippers would pay the Truth 5 mill to begin, but to put max contract and Pierce in the same sentence is just utterly absurd at this point in his career… and people grip about Hayward possible being offered the max…INSANE…turning out to be one of the wackiest FA periods ever… a lot of teams will be crippled in the future with horrible contracts…smh

    • jmo1015 - Jul 5, 2014 at 2:37 AM

      its ok they will negotiate a new amnesty period because gms and owners still dont get it

  9. j0esixpack - Jul 5, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    So wait – the Nets, who have almost no draft picks for the next few decades, have an opportunity to gain draft picks for a player they are going to likely lose anyways.

    They have a chance to get something but they choose to get nothing?

    This is why the Nets have no shot at winning.

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