Report: Nets talking to Celtics about Paul Pierce

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Thursday February 21st, 2013

The Celtics and Nets also discussed a Paul Pierce trade in 2012. (Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images) The Celtics and Nets also discussed a Paul Pierce trade in 2012. (Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Celtics and Nets have discussed a trade that includes Paul Pierce, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

In the report, league sources said the Nets' initial offer included forward Kris Humpries, guard MarShon Brooks and a first-round pick, but the Celtics want more for the 35-year-old Pierce.

"The Celtics still highly value Pierce and it wouldn't make sense to trade him for that kind of a package if they're keeping Kevin Garnett," one league source said.

Boston has shown interest in forward Mirza Teletovic and securing another possible first-round pick, but the Nets have shown no inclination to pay that steep of a price for Pierce.

Boston had interest in guard C.J. Watson in a separate deal, but Brooklyn doesn't want to part with him, sources said.

This isn't the first time the two teams talked about a trade involving Pierce. The Celtics nixed a deal prior to the 2012 trade deadline.

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