The Brooklyn Nets were unceremoniously dumped out of the NBA playoffs by the Miami Heat in the second round of the playoffs. Rumours abounded about the futures of veteran stars Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, and Pierce himself has come out to address those rumours.
The end is near for the career of Pierce, but he still believes that he has at least a year of NBA left in him, despite how hard it will be.
After being approached by TMZ Sports while out picking up some water, Pierce confirmed that he is getting in the workouts early because of just how punishing the 82 game season is on his 36-year old body.
'The Truth' isn't exactly old by NBA standards but his performances have dropped off since the mammoth trade from the Boston Celtics to the Nets before the 2013 season, in which Kevin Garnett also went to Brooklyn.
Pierce has gone from averaging 18 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 33 minutes per game in his last season at TD Bank Garden, to 13.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 28 minutes in New York, a noticeable drop off.
As for his contract, Pierce is currently a free agent although he has given no indication on what he plans to do in free agency.
Right now it seems more than likely that he is to return to the Nets given their solid roster, though, he may wait to see what LeBron James decides to do (like the vast majority of other NBA free agents) before making his own decision, be it returning to the Nets or playing elsewhere.