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Reports: Paul Pierce wants two-year, $18 million or more contract. Nets still frontrunners.

Jul 7, 2014, 1:27 PM EDT

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If you thought Paul Pierce was ready to take a little less to become a smaller cog on a contender, well… not so much.

Pierce, who will turn 37 before next season, wants a two-year deal that is going to pay him handsomely — at least $9 million a year — according to both Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports and Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.

For that kind of money, the Nets are the most logical landing spot.

Pierce played 28 minutes a game and scored 13.5 points a game at an efficient .595 true shooting percentage. He can’t be a team’s primary scoring option anymore but he’s still got this crafty ability to get off his shot and he can hit from three or the midrange. He plays a smart game. As a third option he’s fantastic, so long as you can keep his minutes down.

But at $9 million a year… that’s steep. Buzz had been he’d want more than mid-level, however.

The Clippers were interested but can only offer the mid-level exception to Pierce the free agent. Sign-and-trade talks between the sides have broken down.

When the Carmelo Anthony/LeBron James free agency bottleneck breaks loose, a number of teams could call Pierce with interest including Portland, Memphis, Chicago, Dallas and Houston potentially in the mix.

Whether any of them would pay what he is reportedly asking is another question.

If Pierce bolts Brooklyn it is not likely Kevin Garnett returns for another campaign.

  1. casualcommenter - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Well, this explains why the Clippers felt the need to negotiate about a sign and trade with the Nets.

    $10 million is twice as much as the mid-level exception that they’d be able to offer to Pierce without a sign and trade.

    Hard for the Clippers and Pierce to bluff the Nets and claim he’d be willing to sign for the mid-level when his current asking price is double that.

  2. 00maltliquor - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    I wouldn’t give him a dime over 7.5 mill a year.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      Amen man. I teared up when Pierce came back on January 26th but even these green colored glasses know he is not worth more than that.

  3. csbanter - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Pierce is worth the money, considering what’s out there at the small forward spot.

    • muhangis - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      It should be based on *considering what’s out there at the small forward spot ???

      He’s just not worth the money. .!!!

  4. maf586 - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Has there been any reports that Kevin Garnett is truly contingent on Paul Pierce or is this just speculation? It is somewhat logical but Billy King has repeatedly said that KG is expected back. It is hard to leave real money on the table, like 12 mil, ie Nash or a lot of free agency thus far

  5. sportsfan18 - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Paul.

    You’ve had a great career, champ, EASY HOF etc…

    Your nickname is the “Truth”.

    The truth is you’re not worth $9 per year anymore.

  6. jetsfaninindy - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    “Cocaine is a hell of a drug”.
    Rick James

  7. jcrileyesq - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    would love to see him in charlotte or atlanta

  8. bball242322 - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Come on down to the Pacers Pierce. Let stpehenson go elsewhere to blow his career up, then that’ll give us the room to sign Pierce to mentor Paul George into becoming an all-time great

    • bougin89 - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      Pierce could be a mentor to Paul while they are in the same lineup. It wouldn’t be a bad fit as long as they don’t rely on Pierce too much.

      That being said they’d have to work out a sign and trade with Brooklyn to get him.

  9. 2phatt2 - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    The Clips need to look at Ariza or Deng.

  10. mazblast - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Pierce wants $9 million a year. So do I. he’s probably a little more likely to get it, but not that much.

  11. John X - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Salary cap for the Nets being what it is two years for Pierce not the issue. All contracts would expire that year meaning they could remake the team that season. But 14 mil is more of a reasonable price for two seasons. Offer another 2 mil in incentives. Pierce is a good player still but has a role. Don’t know how he will feel physically next season so 18 mil too much to commit for one year for sure.

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