Pierce May Opt-Out of Contract This Summer

by June 19, 2010

Clearly, there are plenty of factors that will affect P-Double’s decision. But financially, opting-out makes perfect sense for Pierce — the tenuous window of making max or near-max millions for several more years is still there: “There could be another member of the Big Three on the market, too. Pierce has a player option for $21.5 million next season. But with the collective bargaining agreement set to expire next summer and a new one expected to significantly reduce player salaries, several prominent players (including Dirk Nowitzki and Amar’e Stoudemire) are planning to opt out of lucrative contracts in order to sign new deals under the existing agreement. Pierce, 32, could leave the $21.5 million on the table with the expectation that he could score a contract worth $50 million to $60 million in the offseason.”