Paul Pierce is far from the player he was during his prime with the Boston Celtics but he still is commanding a great deal of interest on the free agent market, but the Brooklyn Nets are in no rush to re-sign the veteran small forward.
Pierce, 36, is coming off a season with a 13.5 points-per-game average with 4.6 rebounds a night in his first and what could be his lone season with the Nets after they acquired him in a trade from the Celtics.
According to CBS Sports’ Ken Berger, the Nets are in no rush to sign Pierce to a new contract and are content in him exploring the market before offering him a contract.
Brooklyn not expected to make immediate offer to Pierce, source says. Team’s commitment to 36-year-old will be dictated by market.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 1, 2014
Berger also tweeted that the Nets did, however, reach out as soon as negotiating window opened to Pierce and their other free agents, Shaun Livingston and Alan Anderson, according to his source.
The Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers, Memphis Grizzlies, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets have all called to express in the All-Star forward who could inject some life into a contender, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
The Nets lost their head coach after Jason Kidd left to take the job with the Milwaukee Bucks so a return to the Nets likely won’t become a realistic one until a hire is made, perhaps Lionel Hollins, but by that time, Pierce may have mentally moved on from the Nets and found a much more attractive opportunity elsewhere.