Pierce takes less money to return

Updated: July 4, 2010, 2:14 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

Cross another one off Danny Ainge's offseason checklist.

In the days following Boston's Game 7 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals, Ainge, the Celtics' president of basketball operations, suggested his preference was to keep the core of the 2009-10 team together for another run at a world title. That possibility seemed murky at best with coach Doc Rivers pondering retirement to spend more time with his family and Paul Pierce and Ray Allen set to test unrestricted free agency.

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