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# Paul Pierce
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  • SF
  • 6'7" / 235lbs
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  • 10/13/1977
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  • 10th pick, 1998
  • Kansas
  • 19
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DateLeagueTransaction
1998 NBA DraftNBADrafted 10th overall by Boston.
22nd January, 1999NBASigned four year, $6,563,031 rookie scale contract with Boston. Included team option for 2001/02.
13th October, 2000NBABoston exercised 2001/02 team option.
1st August, 2001NBASigned a six year, $80,273,731 extension with Boston. Included early termination option after 2006/07 season.
17th July, 2006NBASigned a three year, $59,387,136 extension with Boston. Included early termination option after 2009/10 season. Concurrent to the extension, Pierce declined his 2007/08 early termination option.
29th June, 2010NBAExercised early termination option.
9th July, 2010NBARe-signed by Boston to a partially guaranteed four year, $61,333,334 contract.
12th July, 2013NBATraded by Boston, along with Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry and D.J. White, to Brooklyn in exchange for Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, a signed and traded Keith Bogans, a 2014 first round pick (#17, James Young), a 2016 first round pick (#3, Jaylen Brown), the right to swap 2017 first round picks (exercised; Boston moved from #27 and Kyle Kuzma to #1 and Markelle Fultz), and a 2018 first round pick.
15th July, 2014NBASigned a two year, $10,848,725 contract with Washington. Included player option for 2015/16.
30th June, 2015NBADeclined 2015/16 player option.
10th July, 2015NBASigned a partially guaranteed three year, $10,583,760 contract with L.A. Clippers.
28th June, 2017NBAWaived by L.A. Clippers.
17th July, 2017NBASigned an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Boston.
18th July, 2017NBAWaived by Boston.
Career Moves
Time PeriodTeam
1995 - 1998Kansas (NCAA)
June 1998 - July 2013Boston Celtics (NBA)
July 2013 - June 2014Brooklyn Nets (NBA)
July 2014 - June 2015Washington Wizards (NBA)
July 2015 - June 2017L.A. Clippers (NBA)
July 2017Boston Celtics (NBA)
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June 29, 2017

Paul Pierce
SF, 6’7, 235lbs, 39 years old, 19 years of experience

Retiring.

Player Plan: Retiring. To be waived.

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November 6, 2013

[...] The lure of first-round picks is in what they can yield, not what they always do. It is well established, of course, that many first-round picks are failures relative to expectation, and this is truer the lower they are. However, first-rounders can yield star talent, star talent that has no choice but to sign with you. It can yield quality role players for basement prices, and it can yield contributors in any form you choose. Most importantly, however, first-rounders are always young and cheap. Bad teams need this to get good, and good teams need this to stay good when the market forces and punitive luxury taxes designed to break them up necessitate they cut costs. Talent is talent, but cheap, young talent is the best type of talent.

Back at the start of the summer, Utah took on a whopping $25 million in salary that it didn't want in the forms of Andris Biedrins, Richard Jefferson and Brandon Rush, purely to acquire two first-round picks and three second-round picks from the Golden State Warriors. The Jazz did this because it was more beneficial to their long-term rebuilding goal to target first-round picks, and that amount of money is now the cost of acquiring them. Or at least, it should be. First-round picks should be a valued commodity, much more than they were. Now, it seems as though they finally are.

A cursory look at the market indicates this change in philosophy. The last few deals to have included first-round picks include:


- Washington trading a pick (top-12 protected in 2014, top-10 protected through 2019, thereafter unprotected) along with Emeka Okafor in exchange for Marcin Gortat.

- Indiana trading a pick (lottery protected through 2019, thereafter unprotected) along with Miles Plumlee and Gerald Green in exchange for Luis Scola

- Boston acquiring first-rounders in all of 2014, 2016 and 2018 as a part of the Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett deal

- New Orleans acquiring Jrue Holiday and Pierre Jackson in exchange for the rights to Nerlens Noel and a 2014 first-round pick

- Toronto acquiring a 2016 first-round pick from New York -- along with two second-round picks, Steve Novak and Marcus Camby -- in exchange for Andrea Bargnani

In that list, we mostly see first-rounders traded for quality. Hall of Fame players like Pierce and Garnett, fringe All-Stars like Holiday or non-lottery picks for a legitimate starting center in Gortat. The ones where we don't see that -- the deals for Scola and Bargnani -- therefore stand out as bad deals for that reason. The inclusion of the first-round picks in each instance leaves the recipient team drastically overpaying for backup-caliber forwards. And if he's not re-signed or extended, the Gortat deal might join them.

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February 26, 2012

[...] The All-Star game itself was not half bad, either. The first and thus far only All-Star game to go to double overtime, it saw 300 total points scored, an in-his-prime Allen Iverson doing what an in-his-prime Allen Iverson did at All-Star games, and an in-his-prime Kevin Garnett dominate proceedings on his way to the MVP trophy. Shaq faced off with Brad Miller for the first significant time since Shaq tried to kill him, an amusing in-game report spoke of Antoine Walker and Paul Pierce’s outrages at playing so few minutes, Yao Ming looked woefully out of place on his way to two points and two rebounds, and the close finish saw the game’s very best turn up the intensity and play at something resembling their very hardest. It was good fun to watch, right down to the Zydrunas Ilgauskas experience. Even the 52 turnovers were aesthetically pleasing.

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August 12, 2010

In re-signing for four years and $80 million with the Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki was able to secure himself only the second no-trade clause in the league. The other one belongs to Kobe Bryant. Not many players are eligible for no-trade clauses; to be eligible, a player has to have 8 years of NBA experience, at least four years of which have to have been with the team he's signing with (albeit not necessarily consecutive years). Other eligible players such as Paul Pierce and Tim Duncan could have had them worked into their most recent contracts, but didn't; then again, they didn't really need to. They're not being traded. Not now, not ever.

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June 14, 2010

(The Cliff Notes version of my alternative non-Jamesy plan - sign Dirk Nowitzki for a hell of a lot of money; trade Kirk Hinrich to Orlando for Marcin Gortat and a signed-and-traded Anthony Johnson; sign Roger Mason, Marcus E. Williams, Brian Skinner and Eddie House; draft Xavier Henry, and buy a mid-second rounder and use it on Trevor Booker. But I'm fully expecting Dirk to re-sign with Dallas, as should you. There is barely such a thing as a lifer in today's NBA, but Dirk, Paul Pierce, Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant should be four examples of such. In fact, if they're not, something's gone gravely wrong and people must be held accountable.)

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