Would Paul Pierce return to Celtics? Evidence suggests otherwise

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Boston blogs and news reports were filled Saturday with speculation that Paul Pierce could return to the Celtics in a playing or coaching capacity, based on what has to be considered a throwaway line in a post-game interview.

"Yeah, why not? Maybe play for them, maybe work for them," the forward saidafter the Nets lost to his former team,  at TD Garden. He also said he might want to start a business in Boston once he retired, maybe a sports bar.

Pierce will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and there are a number of possibilities for him. Most unlikely is that he retires, according to league sources.  The others including re-signing with the Nets who have his Bird Rights and thus have an advantage, joining Doc Rivers in Los Angeles, his hometown, on vets minimum or MLE contract or entertaining other offers from contenders.

While Boston writers speculate on a possible return, a few things should be noted: Pierce moved his family to a $35,000 a month Manhattan apartment and placed his children in New York schools . He also put his home in suburban Boston on the market for $2.65 million.  That doesn't sound like someone who was planning on a one-year stay in New York, then a return to Boston.

League sources have said Pierce would like to stay with the Nets beyond this year, no doubt at a reduced rate from his $15,3 million salary this season. Of course, the Nets are keeping an eye on the 2015 and 2016 free agencies, in hopes of having enough cap space or the right to sign and trade to acquire a "super superstar" as one put it.

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