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Brooklyn Nets Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett Retiring? Former Celtics Facing Age, Salary Cap [RUMORS]

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Jun 22, 2014 09:49 AM EDT | Drew Jacobs (d.jacobs@classicalite.com)

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As aging superstars Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are well aware, quittin' time is almost here. Paul Pierce is an unrestricted agent but says he intends to play at least another year or two. Kevin Garnett, however, has one year left on his contract with the Brooklyn Nets. The former Celtics played together in Boston for years until being traded to the Brooklyn Nets. While both command high salaries despite being past their prime, it's likely that Brooklyn will find a way to adjust their salary cap and try to hold on to Pierce to make one more playoff run before he and Garnett both decide to retire.

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Paul Pierce is famous for his aggressive and emotional style of play, which can get rough when you get to his age. But Pierce has such work ethic that he's already training for next season (via TMZ):

"Pierce was out in Calabasas this morning picking up a few cases of water -- and explained that he was trying to stay hydrated after a killer morning workout. When asked why he was already puttin' in work ... even though the season JUST ended ... Pierce dropped this nugget on us:

"'It's a long grind. It's a long grind dawg ... I only got 1 or 2 years left in me.'"

And still, no one's sure what kind of jersey he will wear next year (via Sports World Report):

"Pierce has not really hinted at what he plans on doing in free agency. At the end of the Nets' season he simply said that he was not retiring, but was uncertain about a return to Brooklyn. The one player that could impact that decision is Kevin Garnett."

While both still have a lot to contribute, Pierce is a little hotter and could probably pick his team. But a strong and relatively young Brooklyn team, as well as his long-time partner KG, could ultimately convince "The Truth" to stay with the Nets for at least one more year.

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