Paul Pierce reaches framework of deal to stay in Boston

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Thumbnail image for Pierce_celebrate.jpgThis was never about leaving Boston, this was always just about business and a deal that would extend into the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Paul Pierce has agreed to the framework of a deal to remain with the Boston Celtics — it’s a four-year deal at about $61 million (according to’s Ken Berger), although the last year is only partially guaranteed, so the Celtics could buy Pierce out at that point. Exactly how much that buyout would cost is one of the details still being negotiated.

This contract would be about $6 million a year less than the $21 million he was set to make this year, according to the Boston Herald, which broke the story. With the Celtics over the dollar-for-dollar luxury tax, this reductions saves Boston about $12 million next season.

The years was always really the issue, Pierce will be 33 at the start of next season. This very well may be his last contract. And it seems only fitting that he will retire as a Celtic.

With Doc Rivers back for one more season, and now Pierce under contract, the Celtics are going to make one more run at it with this group before starting to rebuild around Rajon Rondo. The only question left is whether or not to bring back Ray Allen, and at what price.

Report: Matt Barnes texted friend that he beat up Derek Fisher, spat in wife’s face

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Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes reportedly attacked Knicks coach Derek Fisher for dating his estranged wife, Gloria Govan.

New details are emerging, and they cast Barnes in an even worse light.

Ian Mohr of the New York Post:

Sources told The Post that Barnes became incensed when his 6-year-old twin sons, Carter and Isaiah, called to tell him that Fisher was at the house.

Following the dust-up, Barnes, 35, texted a pal that he had not only assaulted Fisher, 41, but also took revenge on Govan, one source said.

“I kicked his ass from the back yard to the front room, and spit in her face,” the text read, according to the source.

If this becomes a criminal case, Barnes’ text could incriminate him.

In the court of public opinion, the presence of Barnes’ children and his spitting in his wife’s face make this even more disturbing.

Unfortunately, not everyone views it that way. Too many are laughing off the incident.

Albert Burneko of Deadspin had the best take I’ve seen on this situation:

When an accused domestic abuser shows up uninvited at a family party to—as a source put it to the New York Post—“beat the shit” out of someone for the offense of dating his ex, that is not a wacky character up to zany shenanigans. It is not reality TV melodrama or a cartoon or celebrities being silly. It is the behavior of a dangerous misogynist lunatic. It is an act of violent aggression. It is a man forcefully asserting personal property rights over a woman’s home, body, and life. It differs from what Ray Rice did in that elevator by degree, not by kind, and not by all that much.

I suggest reading it in full.