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Your Morning Dump… Paul Pierce has his sights set on free agency?

Chuck - Red's Army August 4, 2012 Celtics News, Paul Pierce, The Morning Dump 18 Comments


Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. 

This season may be Pierce’s final year in Boston. He has one year on his contract with a team option for 2013-14. He said he has no plans of asking for an extension. since Garnett, Terry and Bass are signed to three-year deals.

“I think I am going to play this one out,” he said. “I want to see what it feels like to be a free agent for once in my life. I think I am going to play this one out. A lot can change in two years. My body [may not] be where I want it to be, I could retire, a lot of things could happen. I love the game. I made as much money as I possibly can. It’s about winning a championship and if I feel like it’s the right thing to do, maybe so [come back]. If I solidify my third year, maybe they opt out, so it’s about keeping your options open.”

Globe – Pierce adjusts plans

I’m not sure where Paul Pierce is going with these comments on free agency. He’s always expressed an interest in being a Celtic for life.

Pierce turns 35 in October. Unless his game suffers a sharp drop-off next season, I can’t envision the Celtics not exercising the team option. That will make him 36 going on 37 in his free agent year.

It’s hard to predict what might happen because of all the variables – his game, potential injury, the Celtics team and the free agent market. If I had to bet… I’d say Pierce retires as a Celtic.

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston – C’s don’t slip on Allen wrench this timePaul Pierce: Ray Allen still my bro | Herald – Wilcox lends a hand in SC | CSNNE – Friday FTs – Rondo gets animated, Perk’s got milk

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  • Jason

    Maybe if Ray Allen wins a ring in Miami this year he’ll start to consider jumping ship for a NBA team ready to win over our rebuilding one. You never know what the lure of a ring does to someone.

    • Jon L

      my preciousss

  • jennifer hawes

    He better retire a Celtic

  • teamceltics

    We need more info on KG’s deal. Is there a team or player option at? How much is guaranteed. Paul won’t leave KG on an island…..right? He’s signed on for 3 yrs.

  • Lee in Oregon

    I seriouslt doubt Paul would ever leave, he’s said many times he’s a life-long Celtic. This is the guy who has been through so much in Boston he was moved to tears at the ceremony after they won it all. Plus, not to be rude, but in 3 years, he’ll be pretty much done anyways……I just don’t see him going “Ray” on us- to go chase jewelry somewhere else.

  • colaroaster

    obviously chuck’s a new celtic fan with a very low basketball iq

    • Raoul Oehlers

      I personally told John from Red’s Army that us readers would be more respectful.

      I think what you meant to say is something along the lines of, when I read this as the huge Celtics fan that I am, in no way did I think that Pierce for the first time in his career went back on his promise to be a Celtic for life. In no way did I ever doubt his promises. In no way did I feel Pierce would ever say anything that would piss his fans off. In no way did his statement change the obvious fact that after this many years and such high achievements for the Celtics record books, it would be worth tainting or putting an asterisk by, just to play for another team, for maybe 1 semi-significant year.

    • Chuck

      What the hell is your point, colarroaster?

      I’m growing tired of your clown comments.

      • colaroaster

        get off the internet you miserable sob. your negative slant with low grade humor is complete fail. a creative writing summer class might help. keeping drinking milk!

        • Chuck – Red’s Army

          Bye-bye.

        • sambot5k

          Generally not a nice thing to insult a site admin, especially repeatedly. Behave, folks. When I get cranky I wield a ban hammer.

        • KWAPT

          greenbean’d? lmao

          • sambot5k

            same dude, same result.

  • Raoul Oehlers

    All Paul Pierce means by “I want to see what it feels like to be a free agent for once in my life,” is that he wants to see what every one else in the league thinks he is worth. He’s not showing any interest in leaving with that statement. Just interest in seeing if his perceived ego goes hand in hand with his perceived skill. To see if all the doubters and trash talkers come drooling for him once he’s actually available to them.

    We already know Pierce (and KG for that matter) have really unconventional ways of motivating themselves. I think all Pierce wants to do is shake his sexy tail at all the dogs out there, and at the last minute pull that tail away and say “I BELONG TO THE GREEN. SEE YOU WHEN I BEAT YOU.”

  • Quest

    Depends on what Danny does…. Hasn’t Danny said at one pt that PP could come off the bench and didn’t DA use him as trade bait this past season. Paul just being smart to the business side of things and doing what is best for him. Can’t see PP liking either one of these scenarios….so are we looking at the same road taken as Ray??
    Like Doc said sometimes its easier for a player to play a lesser role on another team esp if ring possible before retiring.
    Hmmm isn’t Rondo’s contract up for negotiation too after yr 2013-14? More changes on the horizon? And what contract options does KG have?

    • Chulinho

      Ray was traded twice already, so I guess for him leaving Boston wasn’t terribly difficult. Unless a trade does happen or the team doesn’t exercise that team option, Paul will have played only for the Celtics for 16 seasons. Like Chuck mentioned, he’ll also be 37 after the 2013-2014 season. Paul is a real competitor so it’d be interesting to see if he’d chase another ring elsewhere; but, I’m pretty sure he understands what playing that long for one team means. He did say he was considering retiring earlier this year. I think if the C’s win a chip or two in these next two seasons, KG would retire and Paul would probably be right behind him. It does seem that Danny planned a lot of things for the 2014 offseason: some expiring contracts; a few team options; some intriguing young and veteran free agents, including the Miami Heat’s big three, all have ETOs; and of course Paul’s free agency and KG’s player option.

  • Alex

    Why aren’t the site admins banning this idiot?

    • Ball

      Because it’s actually pretty funny to read his comments and try to gauge his stupidity.