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Sources: Celtics, Pierce begin talks

Updated: July 1, 2010, 7:20 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

The Boston Celtics and captain Paul Pierce's representatives opened talks on a new contract Thursday and are making progress in negotiations, according to sources close to the situation.

While Pierce has received introductory inquiries from "a few" other teams, Boston is the only team he's currently engaged with, sources told ESPN.com.

Pierce joined the most anticipated free-agent class in NBA history by notifying the Celtics that he was opting out of his contract Tuesday and ...

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