It’s being reported on ESPNNewYork.com by Mike Mazzeo that Paul Pierce is asking for 9-10 million dollars a year from the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets are currently in a stand still with Pierce as the Nets are only offering Pierce 6-8 million a year. I don’t think only is the right word to use in this situation for the average American as the majority of us won’t see millions of dollars in a contract negotiation. But, when it comes to contract negotiations in the sports world, the word millions ends up having an impact on every free agent signing. If only every job in America ended up involving negotiating millions of dollars. I know if I was negotiating for a job in say fast food and it involved millions of dollars, I would change my approach to those negotiations. I know I would ask for a one year 10 million dollar deal with McDonald’s. I may or may not steal their french fries, when my shift ends. If McDonald’s won’t do that deal then I would move to Burger King for a 1 year 10 million dollar contract because I can have it my way there.
My advice from Brooklyn’s point of view is to keep low balling Pierce in these contract negotiations. Pierce is 37 years old and he is past his prime. The fact Pierce got a 15 million dollar contract last year and Pierce only averaged 13.5 points per game last season makes me think because of his lack of production, Pierce should take a pay cut. As a person who has never negotiated a million dollar contract, it isn’t really fair for me to say how a general manager should do their job. But, luckily I am a writer for Fansided.com, so I can give my opinion and that’s it.