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Same old Celtics? Not necessarily

Boston must decide how far to go in order to bring back Pierce

Updated: June 30, 2010, 7:36 PM ET
By Peter May | ESPNBoston.com

Meet the new Celtics. Same as the old (and getting older) Celtics?

Doc Rivers is coming back. That's good news for a lot of people, not the least of whom is Paul Pierce, who has decided to forfeit more than $21 million next season in pursuit of even more riches down the road. He has become an unabashed Riversphile in the last few years.

The decision to opt out of the final year of his contract was a calculated but intelligent move by the Pierce team, led by agent Jeff Schwartz. Had ...

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