Here’s ESPN New York reporting on veteran Nets free agent forward Paul Pierce, who presumably has another good season or two left of basketball in him:

Lots of interest in free agent Paul Pierce

The Brooklyn Nets, you would think, need Paul Pierce more than he needs them.

So it certainly came as a surprise Thursday, when Brooklyn GM Billy King, during an interview on ESPN New York 98.7 FM’s “The Michael Kay Show,” said the Nets would, all of a sudden, become fiscally responsible in their negotiations with the unrestricted free-agent forward.

Pierce has already drawn interest from several contenders, including the Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies, sources told’s Marc Stein.

Those are some extremely attractive options — especially L.A., where Pierce could be reunited with former coach Doc Rivers and get to play with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, two of the most dominant players in the league.