Although Paul Pierce feels no sense of urgency regarding a contract extension, the same apparently cannot be said about his Los Angeles-based agent, Jeff Schwartz, and Celtics' executive director of basketball operations Danny Ainge. The two are negotiating a deal for the 28-year-old captain, meeting during the summer league in Las Vegas.
``I'm confident that we will get a deal done," said Ainge late last night, after the Celtics' 112-108 loss to Denver. ``Things are moving along, but it is not final. We do not have a final contract completed."
The proposed extension would be worth approximately $59 million over three years, meaning Pierce would be under contract with Boston for the next five seasons. He has one year guaranteed remaining on his contract plus a player option for 2007-08. If Pierce signs an extension, the option would go into effect.
When the proposed extension expires, Pierce will have finished his 13th NBA season.
It was a hotly contested game featuring six technical fouls. Assistant coach Tony Brown was tossed late in the fourth quarter after a non-call on a Telfair drive.
``I thought it was an obvious call," Brown said. ``It's not about the officiating, but that play really signified the game."
Al Jefferson had his best game of the summer, with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Gerald Green had 24 points and shot 6 of 7 from 3-point land. Rookie Rajon Rondo had 11 points and 11 assists.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.