Paul Pierce may be 35, but the 15-year veteran believes he has plenty left in the tank.
Asked about being traded to the Brooklyn Nets this late in his career, Pierce told a TMZ reporter, "Who says it’s the end of my career? I plan on playing 10 more years, dude."
"I feel good [about the trade]," Pierce told TMZ.
His prediction for this season?
"Of course, champs, baby," Pierce said.
• In an interview with NBA TV, Nets GM Billy King talked about a two-year championship window. While the Nets will pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $75 million in luxury taxes next season and face the dreaded repeater tax in 2014-15, their finances will be in pretty good shape by 2015-16.
At that point, Joe Johnson will be in the final year of his contract, while Deron Williams should have two years left, though his deal has an early termination option in the second year. Brook Lopez has a player option that he could pick up. The Nets could extend a qualifying offer to Mirza Teletovic, and they have a team option on Mason Plumlee that they could elect to pick up.
Basically, they’re going all-in for the next two seasons.
• King told reporters in Orlando that he likes the addition of Shaun Livingston because it could allow the Nets to go small with Williams at shooting guard, Johnson at small forward, Pierce at power forward and Garnett at center (from Newsday). King said recruiting calls from Williams and coach Jason Kidd were instrumental in getting Livingston to pick the Nets (from the Bergen Record).