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Pierce opting out

RedsArmyAdmin June 29, 2010 Uncategorized 26 Comments

Marc Stein tweets.

Just filed to
ESPN.com: Celtics' Paul Pierce is opting out, too. Has notified Celts
he'll become unrestricted free agent. Link forthcoming

This could simply be a move to restructure his deal and come back for a few years and make more than the $21 million he's due this year.

Remember, we could have a lockout next year… so a guy like Pierce might just want to be under contract during that time, rather than at the tail end of his career with no contract and a possibly new deal that could cost him millions after a significant portion of a season is lost.  

UPDATE: Full story on ESPN

"Pierce is opting out" said Schwartz in a text message to ESPN.com's
Chris Sheridan.

By opting out, Pierce will forfeit next season's
$21.5 million salary but becomes eligible to sign a new four-year deal
with the Celtics worth a maximum of $96 million and can receive
four-year offers from other teams worth a maximum $93 million.


Pierce's name has scarcely been mentioned in the buildup to the
summer of 2010 free-agent bonanza because, as with Dallas' Dirk
Nowitzki
, most rival executives believe that the Celtics would never
allow the go-to scorer of the 2008 championship team to walk.


Sources said that Pierce will begin free agency by talking first
to the Celtics when the market opens on Thursday at 12:01 a.m., but the
32-year-old will field other offers.

I suppose fielding offers comes with the territory.  I think that's a bit of posturing.  Everything Pierce has said has been about him coming back… but business is business.  He had a deadline to make a decision and he made it.  He may wait until hearing Doc and Ray's decisions before making one himself.

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  • KD

    It would absolutely break my heart to see Paul in anything but Celtic green.

  • SydneyCeltic

    Got my fingers crossed that PP stays a Celtic. It’d kill me to see him in any other uniform. :(

  • nick

    i just have one thing thats confusing the fuck out of me! I know we have the Mid-level exception which is 5.9 million, but my issue is do we get another mid-level to give to someone this year with the money that sheed is walking away from? why do we only have 1 mid-level exception if we already had 1 then sheed walks from million? that should give us 12 million to play with instead of 6 right?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/redsarmy Red’s Army

    you only get one mid-level. You can give that mid-level to someone new every year, but when that player leaves or retires… you don’t get his back. It’s just one per year.
    And that mid-level only goes to teams over the cap, which the Celtics are.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p011570423591970b KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    Put your seatbelts on NBA fans-it’s about to go down over the next few days. So who wants to guess how many comments are on this post (Lakers trolls included) by this time tomorrow? I’m gonna say…….102.

  • Double P Reppin the B

    I think this is actually a good thing. I was hoping Pierce would opt out. This means either he is simply looking to get a nice deal down with the current CBA and the team fully expects to sign him or we could target another high profile free agent and move in the rebuilding process pretty quickly. My guess is Doc needs to have his decision made by thursday at midnight so this team can get involved in the free agency process now if Pierce and the team go in seperate directions…
    I would HATE to see the captain leave but if it comes down to him wanting the full 4 yr/$96million dollar deal I would pass. You cannot afford to dedicate that money to a guy already past his prime.

  • Lee in Oregon

    He’ll resign a multi-year deal with the C’s so he has a contract when the LOCKOUT happens year. PP aint goin anywhere.

  • lakersfrontrunner

    http://twitter.com/AlexKennedyNBA
    Doc Rivers to retire
    lol pierce opting out and now doc retires. mind you hoopsworld source has been very reliable.
    haha the lakers destroyed boston. see you back in contention in about 50 years. enjoy your 2008 rigged chip and cry and watch as the lakers pass you in mot chips lol

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5cd064970c Count Istvan 17-11 9-3.

    I swear I was just about to post my best Laketard post as a response to this. The post would be highly illiterate with a lot of LOL’s. Then the phone rang and when I came back I saw that there was an actual Laketard post from somebody named Laker Pudsucker that read exactly like the one I was going to post mocking Laketards.

  • Double P Reppin the B

    I’m pretty sure Pierce won’t sign for anything less than 3 years. Which puts him still under contract once KG’s contract is up. I would put his demands starting at about 3 years/$52 million and I really don’t know if I want the organization to commit that much money to a guy on the decline. If rivers retires I am willing to bet we make a push for someone like Rudy Gay and pair him with Rondo perk and baby for the future. Its gonna be one crazy next 2 weeks. We are going to hear new reports every day but I just am praying the Celtics don’t give Pierce a legacy contract based on what he’s done for the organization. I love the guy but I really don’t think he commands that type of money even now, let alone 2 or 3 years from now.

  • Game 8?

    That Doc tweet was a joke…it followed the Pierce news and said “in other news…”

  • Double P Reppin the B

    Ok sorry I am posting so much but I am doing research on the cap and the salary situation this year facing the Celtics and it basically shows we have some VERY tough decisions to make.
    Signing Pierce to a multi year deal would then make it essential to go out and sign Ray Allen to a multi year deal as well and go all in with this group again for at LEAST the remainder of KG’s contract and most likely then some. We would be in even more dire straits next year when Perk and Baby become Free agents and our roster of KG/PP/Ray/Rondo would already be at the cap limit NEXT season. We would then be left with re-upping Perks contract with his bird rights and maybe baby as well.
    Pierce is looking for a multi year deal and Ray Allen is looking for a multi year deal. Giving them these deals would move forward with the Big 3 era another 3 years which we just simply CANNOT DO.
    It’s pretty simple. NOW is the time to start rebuilding. You CANNOT do the rebuilding a year from now at this point, not even 2 years from now if you are signing PP and Ray to multi year deals which will no doubt be at least 3 years. So your basically left with no choice but to part ways with this group right now

  • Joseph 17-16 (it’s just a matter of time)

    Such a Boston F*ggot

  • Kristovar

    Eat shit and die.

  • Kristovar

    I just can’t say goodbye to Paul. I know that the NBA is a business– as you’ve very intelligently pointed out… but I feel like a bit of what makes the Celtics the organization such a storied organization and not just another team out for rings would die without taking care of someone like him.
    I’m not saying that I’d forfeit seeing a banner 18 to see Paul retire in green with his number in the rafters… but I’d hate to see it otherwise. Even if we went 0-82 next season I’d still proudly wear my Pierce jersey.

  • I bleed green in L.A.

    The trolls can’t say anything? It’s not like koMe hasn’t opted out twice, demanded a trade, called out his teamates, wore a shirt that glorifies himself at the Laker parade and doesn’t understand that no means no.
    Even the laketards can see that Paul is just being smart about this and trying to get an extention from the Celtics, no team will give him a max contract and he doesn’t really want to go anywhere. And if he does leave, this is the one contract that would free up big money for another top free-agent. I say we win either way, although I want Pierce to have his number in the rafters, so I hope he stays.

  • Shawn-cvd

    If your calling anything rigged Kobe wasn’t winning anything until the Grizzlies trade(and for Gasol in his prime mind you).
    STFU if PP walks we have a boatload of $$ to bring in a free agent. Players will come to Boston over the chance to play alongside Rondo.

  • Shawn-cvd

    Good point.

  • Shawn-cvd

    Truth stays and we get a discount for Ray Ray. If Ray Ray is too much a sign and trade w/ another cap strapped team would work.
    How about Ray to the ATL for Johnson? ATL get’s Johnson his extra year. Ship w/ Sheed’s expiring contract so the numbers work. Hawks will stay competitive and Boston gets younger…

  • Shawn-cvd

    I just realized Joe Johnson turned 29 a few hours ago…a long contract wouldn’t be a good idea.

  • Shawn-cvd

    Oh yeah Happy Birthday Joe!

  • J

    Pierce will re-sign with a 3 year deal.
    You heard it here first.

  • Shawn-cvd

    I’m imagining PP wants the organization to be competitive as well as he get one last contract.
    He’s giving up 21 mil to make 2-3 times that over 3 to 4 years. I’m guessing 45 mil over three years.
    It’s still too much but he could do the same $$ for a fourth year. $45 mil over four years makes him an expiring contract three years from now…

  • Shawn-cvd

    He’s walking away from 21 million. Over three years I think he’ll ask for $45 mil. If he’s as committed as ownership he’ll take $10 to $13 mil over 3-4 years.

  • Shawn-cvd

    I too love PP. Give the guy $45-60 mil over four years. He’s developed into a devastating three point shooter so when he moves to bench for the final year of his contract he’d still be productive.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/the_bantam the_bantam

    If he doesn’t opt out, he has no choices and the potential lockout. If he opts out, he has all the choices. Theoretically he could still sign a 1-year $21.5m contract now.
    He’ll be back.