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Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce and head coach Doc Rivers react during a break in fourth quarter action against the Miami Heat in Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in Miami

Reports: Paul Pierce agrees to three-year, $10 million contract with Los Angeles Clippers

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Would Paul Pierce agree to this if DeAndre Jordan were leaving town? Maybe, but it seems far less likely.

Paul Pierce has decided to leave the red, white, and blue of our nation’s capital for the red, white, and blue of a team on the other coast — the one in his hometown of Los Angeles.

He is going to reunite with his old coach Doc Rivers and try to lead the Los Angeles Clippers over the hump, something first reported by Dan Woike of the Orange County Register:

That works out to basically $10 million over the three years, and the third year is a team option. A couple days ago it seemed Pierce — the 10-time All-Star and NBA champion in Boston — did not want to give the Clippers a discount, that he was leaning toward staying a Wizard. However, the pull of his home town proved too much.

The Clippers have been looking to upgrade at the three this off-season. They shipped out Matt Barnes but brought in Lance Stephenson, but Rivers said he hoped to bring Stephenson off the bench. This signing allows them to do that, although Stephenson may play more minutes than Pierce.

Pierce turns 38 next season but his crafty, veteran game that ages well. He averaged 11.9 points a game and shot 38.9 percent from three last season. The challenge is that he had more success playing at the four, while the Clippers have Blake Griffin at the four and would use Pierce more at the three. That spot has been a challenge to him in recent seasons, particularly defensively.

Still, the Clippers think they got a guy who can knock down big shots in big moments — “I called game.” The Clippers have that in Chris Paul but wanted more veteran presence.

But if Jordan bolts, this move could be moot. Which is why it seems Pierce might know something.

Reports: Paul Millsap agrees to re-sign with Hawks for three years, $59 million

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With DeMarre Carroll gone to the great white north, there was added pressure on the Atlanta to make sure they retained the versatile Paul Millsap — he is key to their ball-movement, space-the-floor offense.

They did it.

Millsap had flirted with Orlando but agreed to a three-year contract — the third year is a player option — worth $59 million, a story broken by Shams Charania of Real GM (and since confirmed by multiple sources).

Orlando had offered Millsap a max deal of four years, $80 million. And Millsap was said to be seriously considering it.

But what the Hawks offered was the same money for three years, with an opt-out after two, where Millsap could tap into the television money about to flood the NBA market starting next summer. For Millsap in 2017, a max contract would be starting at $34 million a year, reports Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. Not that Millsap is going to get it, but that temptation is part of what drove the decision.

Millsap is a perfect fit in Atlanta’sSpursian offense. He’s a power forward who can shoot the three (35.6 percent from three last season), is a very good midrange shooter, he’s strong on the boards, and he’s a fairly good defender. Without him, this team would have taken a big step back, but the team that was the top seed in the East last season has got a lot of key parts coming back.

Report: Iman Shumpert to meet with other teams as he struggles to reach deal with Cavaliers

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Most likely, this is a negotiating tactic. The smart money is on Iman Shumpert pulling on the wine and gold of the Cleveland Cavaliers when next season starts.

But the door is open to other teams.

Shumpert started talking with the Cavaliers, and that hasn’t gone where he wanted, so the unrestricted free agent is going to start listening to other offers, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

The Cavaliers have had a strong off-season so far, keeping Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson in new deals.

Shumpert looked more comfortable as a defense-first player off the bench for the Cavaliers then he did asked to do more for the Knicks. He’s not going to provide much on the offensive end — he scored 9.3 points per game but shot just 40.9 percent for the Knicks, before Phil Jackson shipped him to Cleveland.

That said, a number of teams could use what he brings — good wing defenders are valuable. Plenty of other teams will be willing to talk.

In the end, most likely the Cavs would match or beat any offer. But Shumpert is going to try and use that leverage.

Report: Thunder reach deal five-year, $25 million deal to keep Kyle Singler

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Kyle Singler has one elite NBA skill — he can shoot the three ball. He is a career 37.8 percent from deep and has ridiculous range.

Aside that, his game is still a work in progress. But the Oklahoma City Thunder are willing to make a bet on the rest of that game.

The Thunder and Singler have reached a five-year deal, reports Adrian Wojnaroski of Yahoo Sports.

Singler never quite found a groove in Detroit, and Stan Van Gundy — who loves shooters – was willing to let him go in the Reggie Jackson trade. Singler’s game can seem awkward, but at times it’s effective.

The key here for the Thunder is they got him at a fair price — $5 million a year is easy to either absorb or move, depending on how things go.

Report: Talks between Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors break down

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In the end, Draymond Green is going to be playing for the Golden State Warriors next season. He is a restricted free agent, and one way or another they will have him under contract next season. He’s too valuable for them to let him go.

The only question is how much money he is going to be making.

Green wants a max contract extension — five years, $90 million — or close to it, and the Warriors aren’t there, so talks between the sides have broken down, reports Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports.

The Warriors met with Green and agent B.J. Armstrong in Los Angeles after 12:01 a.m. ET on Tuesday when NBA free agents could first begin negotiating with teams, a source told Yahoo Sports. The Warriors were given the first opportunity to reach a contract agreement before Green considered talking with other teams. But with the breakdown in talks, Green is now open to meeting with other franchises immediately, the source said.

The Warriors can still match any offer sheet Green signs because he is a restricted free agent.

This is just a negotiating tactic. From Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

When you look at look at some of the other deals out there this free agency — Paul Millsap at four years, $80 million; Kris Middleton getting five years, $70 million — Green should be very close to the max.

Green averaged 11.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game last season, but it was the other end of the court where he showed his real value. Green’s ability to guard positions two through five (and even the occasional point guard), allowing the Warriors to switch pick-and-rolls, was key to their league-best defense. You could see that clearly in the Finals, when the Warriors were able to put Green on Timofey Mozgov and keep the Cavaliers in check, while the Cavs had no answer for the Warriors small-ball offense.

Because of all that, Green will have suitors. The Detroit Pistons, near his hometown, would make a pitch. The Lakers and Knicks will be interested, and the list goes on.

But whichever team makes an offer, they will find that the Warriors will match.

Green will be back in Golden State, the only question is how big his checks will be.