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By opting out, he will save the Celts significantly this year. Again,
the structure has yet to be learned, but even if the deal pays him
equal increments of a little more than $15 million per season, the
benefit to the Celtics – and, in turn, to Pierce’s desire to win – will
Using the $15 million-plus figure, Pierce will cost the club some $6
million less this coming season. And when you figure in the
dollar-for-dollar luxury tax, it would end up being a savings of around
$12 million for 2010-11.
That does not – repeat, does not – mean the Celtics have that much to
spend on a premium free agent. But it does mean the team is better
equipped to take on difficult contracts if it can find an attractive
While some other media outlets are hyping the fact that Paul Pierce and the Celtics are haggling over the amount of guaranteed dollars in the final year of the Truth's new 4-yr, $61 million contract, Steve Bulpett says those negotiations are a mere formality.
If push comes to shove, Pierce can look across the table at Wyc and say, "but I'm saving you $12 million this year."
Regarding potential free-agents and Ray Allen, there isn't anything new to report. Danny is still shopping Sheed's contract and there remains interest in Mike Miller and Brandon Haywood. The Lakers signed Steve Blake, which according to Fox Sports, takes them out of the running for Miller.
On Page 2, how Doc's daughter talked him into returning.
“My daughter told me, ‘Why don’t you go back? You’re 48,’ ” Rivers said.
“I told her I wasn’t retiring. I was just going to take a break and
then get back to coaching. Think of what teachers do. But she said it
again. ‘You’re 48, you have a group that you love, you have Danny
(Ainge, the C’s general manager) who you work well with, why would you
walk away from that?’ ”
The rest of the links:
Globe – Pierce, Celtics yet to seal deal | Bradley gets quick fixer-upper | CBS Sports – Johnson intrigued by Knicks | ESPN – Bosh joins Wade meeting with Bulls | Yahoo! – Knicks near deal with Amare |