Paul Pierce’s deal to remain a Boston Celtic for the next four years has now been finalized. And the fourth year is reportedly fully guaranteed. (CBS Sports)
Paul Pierce is officially staying in green-and-white, finalizing his four-year, $61 million contract with the Celtics Saturday night, a person with knowledge of the agreement told CBSSports.com.
Pierce had opted out of the final year of his contract, which would’ve paid him $21.5 million, in part to give the Celtics flexibility to retain free agent Ray Allen and make a run at another championship with coach Doc Rivers, who announced this week he was returning for the final year of his contract. Pierce, 32, accepted less than the maximum the Celtics could have paid him as a 10-plus-year veteran, which was $96 million over four years. But a person familiar with the situation said the fourth year was fully guaranteed, which had been a sticking point in the negotiations.
I love that Pierce is back in the fold. I don’t love that his fourth year is fully guaranteed, but it is what it is. As reader Frank A. put it:
We always complain that the NBA players only care about money…Then we get Paul Pierce who kept his word about wanting to be a Celtic for life and we have a problem with loyalty…You can’t have it both ways, give him the 4th year!!! Lets show him some loyalty back! Believe it or not, he could have got more money elsewhere..Think of Pierce in 2008 game 7 verse the Cavs, Think of him hoisting the MVP trophy of the 08 finals..The guy had a good team around him for only three years, and almost one two titles..Let the C’s be loyal here, I have no problem watching the Celtics go 30-52 in 4 years from now. Ya never know, maybe in 4 years we have a good team and Pierce comes off the bench and helps us!! I think PP has earned that 4th year.
Loyalty goes both ways. Thanks for putting that into perspective, Frank.