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 CBSSports.com’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.

Stephen Curry dumps ice on mid-interview Klay Thompson, who says ‘I’m still hot’ (video)

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Klay Thompson scored an incredible 60 points in 29 minutes.

So, what did Stephen Curry do? Dump ice on his Warriors teammate during the post-game interview, of course.

That didn’t cool down Thompson, who’s probably still hot this morning.

Marc Gasol’s step-back 3-pointer sends Grizzlies to overtime, where they down Pelicans (video)

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Marc Gasol has turned himself into a bona fide 3-point shooter, and his latest triple came when the Grizzlies needed it most.

Gasol’s 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter tied last night’s game against the Pelicans.

Then, Troy Daniels hit a 3-pointer to tie the game in overtime:

Memphis went onto win 110-108 in double overtime behind 28 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, two blocks and two steals from Gasol.

The Grizzlies have won three straight without Mike Conley (or Chandler Parsons), the victories coming by a combined six points

Celtics’ Al Horford blows game-winning layup against Rockets (video)

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The Celtics couldn’t have asked for a much better look on their final possession, but Al Horford missed this layup to give the Rockets a 107-106 win last night.

Maybe Isaiah Thomas should have gone to the line for getting pushed over by Montrezl Harrell, but I’m not 100% sure Harrell should’ve been called for a foul. Besides, that Thomas screen sprung Horford for the layup. I’d take my chances with that barely contested close-range shot.

Michael Beasley, Davis Bertans ejected from Bucks/Spurs for being third/fourth into altercation

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This should have been the usual NBA altercation — two guys jawing with nothing physical happening because teammates step in, everyone does their posturing, and we move along. Monday night in the Spurs eventual win over the Bucks, Greg Monroe and Dewayne Dedmon got tangled up going for a rebound, Dedmon threw a little elbow, Monroe pushed him off, and the two started the well choreographed NBA dance.

Then San Antonio’s Davis Bertans came in and shoved Monroe.

Followed by Milwaukee’s Michael Beasley coming in and shoved Bertans.

Both Beasley and Bertans were ejected for escalating the situation, and you can expect the league will hit both with a fine for being the third/fourth men in.