Paul Pierce’s bluff paid$ off

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At 32 years of age, Paul Pierce knew that he wouldn’t receive a long-term offer from a franchise other than his own, but opted out of the last year of his contract anyway.

Pierce was slated to make $21M next season, but with the league’s collective bargaining agreement set to undergo a makeover next summer, Pierce decided to strike a deal while the iron is hot.

His new deal, according to reports, a guaranteed 4-year/$61M.

Since the addition of Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett back in 2007, the Celtics have been one of the best teams in the league, winning the 2008 NBA Finals and reaching the Finals in 2010.

Garnett is returning, Pierce and coach Doc Rivers will be back also fro the upcoming season. The only unfinished business the Celtics have is resigning sharp shooter Ray Allen, who is currently a free agent.

Paul Pierce sticking with Celtics (AP via FOX Sports)

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