Paul Pierce is in a complicated free-agency situation, and not just because his former coach, Jason Kidd, with whom he shares an agent, just skipped town after a spectacularly unsuccessful power grab.
Although, obviously, that wacky turn of events didn't make his plight any simpler.
Heading into his 17th NBA season, Pierce must weigh the options on what will likely be the final contract of his fantastic career. At 36, here's the truth: The Truth is running out of time.
Fortunately, he's got enough skill left to intrigue a handful of suitors, many of whom probably prize his value as a veteran leader even more than his on-court production.
Per ESPN's Marc Stein, the Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers have all put in calls to Pierce since free agency began at midnight on July 1. You'll note every one of those teams is a playoff-caliber squad, which serves as an indicator that the market knows Pierce only cares about winning at this stage of his career.
Non-contenders need not apply.
Pierce deserves to go out on top or, at the very least, with a good team that will appreciate everything he brings to an organization.