The Brookly Nets are negotiating to keep Paul Pierce and are reportedly offering somewhere in the $6-8 million range, but, according to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, he is looking for a two-year contract in the $9-10 million range per year.
Pierce thinks that he can play two more seasons with the way his body is holding up and is still interested in re-signing with the Nets, per Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports, even as he has many other potential suitors.
At the Lionel Hollins press conference, Nets General Manager Billy King wouldn’t say much more than the two sides are negotiating. Hollins, of course, deferred all questions to King.
If Pierce is really looking to get top dollar then it hurts his chances at uniting with his former coach Doc Rivers with the Los Angeles Clippers, who can only offer him up to $6 million a year. They have asked the Nets about a sign-and-trade, but the Nets interest is mild without including J.J. Redick or first round draft picks in the deal.
If the Nets can manage to sign Pierce to a one-year deal its hard to see them not re-signing him over a couple of million dollars. They did, after all, mortgage a good amount of the future when they traded for him a year ago by sending multiple first-round draft picks to the Celtics in a trade.
The Blazers, Grizzlies, Bulls, Mavericks and Rockets are among the other teams reportedly interested in Pierce’s services besides the Nets or Clippers. So this is hardly a Brooklyn or LA situation.