Early Termination Option:
Paul Pierce (Opt out, resign long term contract)
Unrestricted Free Agents:
Ray Allen (?)
Tony Allen (Resign)
Michael Finley (Retire)
Nate Robinson (Resign)
Brian Scalabrine (Retire/Coach)
Sheldon Williams (Gone)
Marquis Daniels (Gone)
As for Paul Pierce, he's said it hundreds of times. He's a Celtic for life. He wants to stay here for the rest of his career. However, he isn't an idiot. Taking the option would definitely hurt him in the long run. That means he would hit the market another year older, and less likely to get a 3-4 year extension. I expect him to opt out, and then sign a long term contract with Boston, probably the last of his playing days.
That leaves Ray Allen. I think his future is going to be determined by how much money he wants to make. There are teams out there without multiple big money players (Rondo, KG, Pierce) that can afford to offer him more than Boston. But, I do expect Danny to at the very least negotiate with him. Ray has indicated that he'd like to remain a Celtic and I know that most of the fan base wants him back. His work ethic and motivation keep him in great shape. He's still got enough gas in the tank for another Championship run or two in my opinion.
Ok, so that's that. Now, is it Sunday night yet? Stephen Bailey 6/12/2010 01:25:00 PM Tweet