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Today, ESPN.com compiled predictions of their NBA experts on where the top free-agents would land. Here's what they had to say about Boston's Paul Pierce:

Where will Paul Pierce sign?

Abbott: Boston Celtics. It's hard to leave a team that has just had three years of very deep playoff runs. More likely than 50-50? Yes.
Adande: Boston Celtics. He finishes as a Celtic, even though the thought of his heading home to Los Angeles as a Clipper is intriguing. More likely than 50-50? Yes.
Arnovitz: Boston Celtics. Although Pierce's decision to opt out of the final year of his contract presents the Celtics with a chance to get younger, the Celtics will find a way to keep Pierce in green for a few more years. More likely than 50-50? Yes.
Coon: Boston Celtics. Pierce will check out the free-agent market but will return for another run with KG, Rondo and (he hopes) Ray. More likely than 50-50? Yes.
Ford: New Jersey Nets. If the Nets strike out with LeBron, Wade and Bosh, they're going to throw a lot of money Pierce's way, and I don't think Boston can or wants to match. More likely than 50-50? No.
Hollinger: Boston Celtics. Can't see him leaving and can't see the C's letting him walk. More likely than 50-50? Yes.
Sheridan: Los Angeles Clippers. It'll come down to money here, and Donald Sterling will be willing to open his wallet wider than Wyc Grousbeck will. More likely than 50-50? No.
Stein: Boston Celtics. The big difference between Pierce and Nowitzki is that Pierce is wide open to fielding offers from other teams. But Doc Rivers' return is a strong signal that the Celts will find a way to re-sign him to a deal both sides can stomach. I like the way Chris Broussard has been saying it on TV: Pierce is the modern-day Mr. Celtic. He really doesn't want to leave and they certainly don't want to lose him. More likely than 50-50? Yes.

Something interesting to take from the piece is that the experts unanimously picked Dirk Nowitzki - who's in nearly the same situation as Pierce - to return to Dallas. "The Truth" however has got some experts picking him to wear a different uniform for the first time in 12 years. There is a tad bit of uncertainty surrounding Pierce's future.

The non-Boston picks do seem a little far fetched, however. After the way Pierce has talked about losing Game 7 and the "bad taste" left in his mouth, he seems more determined than ever to make another run for a championship. The Clippers or Nets would not be teams to do that with.

Earlier today, it was reported that the Celtics expect to be able to re-sign Pierce.

Mike Saver 6/30/2010 06:08:00 PM Edit
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6 Responses so far.

  1. Jenda says:

    Which basically says that Nowitzki is bound to leave Dallas, while there is 25% chance Pierce will stay in Boston.
    (After the predictions made by these "experts" in the playoffs, I've decided to believe the opposite of what they say)

  2. RoswellSounds says:

    Come on... I mean, seriously... How can anyone imagine Pierce leaving the C´s? Specially if Doc is staying!
    The media bullshit is unbelievable, specially with LJ. They must fill their "space" with anything,24/7. This obviously didn´t happen before the "Net Age". Nowadays, just pure,absolute space-filling trash...

    It would be an enormous blow if PP leaves Boston. Big enough for us to leave that infamous idea out of our most apocalyptic thoughts!

  3. gronlec says:

    For any player to leave a team that pays him $21,000,000.00 a year and has been treated very
    fairly by the Celtics, turns my stomach.
    It has now gotten way out of hand, if the NBA is to survive, there must be a salary cap on what a player can be paid. these players have got to realize that they are about to kill the goose that lay golden eggs.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I think he should stay with the celtics but it doesnt matter the obnly person who would know is paul pierce himself and the truth should be were the heart is im still loving the celtics

  5. Anonymous says:

    pierce and allen r the only two free gents i really care about. screw bosh, lebron, and wade.

  6. Bohemian says:

    Paul just agreed on a new contract with our C's!!!!

    http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/basketball/celtics/view.bg?articleid=1265319

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