Simmons: Nets Could Have Had Pierce For Pick

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 04: Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics heads to the net as MarShon Brooks #9 of the New Jersey Nets defends on January 4, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the New Jersey Nets 89-70. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

A week ago, Bill Simmons wrote that the Celtics were close to sending Paul Pierce to the Nets at the trade deadline. On Wednesday, Simmons got a little more detailed...

Remember when New Jersey's bid for Dwight Howard fell through, then they panicked and swapped a top-three protected 2012 pick to Portland for Gerald Wallace, and everyone said, "Wait a second, why would someone give up a top-three protected pick for the third-best player on a sub-.500 team?" Not reported at the time: New Jersey could have landed Pierce for that same pick, only they chose Wallace because he was a full five years younger.

Pierce is owed $16.8 million next season and $15.3 million in 2013-14, though he can be bought out for $4 million in that final year of his contract.

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