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Sources told ESPN.com Thursday that Pierce’s agent, Jeff Schwartz, and the team were making progress in contract talks and expected a verbal agreement to be secured in advance of July 8, the first day free agents officially can sign deals.
That agreement appears to have come quickly with sources suggesting Piece never engaged in any serious dialogue with other teams despite introductory inquiries from a “few” teams.
The Celtics now have locked down two key leaders on the team in three days, after coach Doc Rivers agreed to return to the Boston bench Wednesday. The team now will turn its attention to unrestricted free agent Ray Allen — and the rest of its seven remaining unrestricted free agents — as it looks to keep the core together after winning a title in 2008 and coming six minutes away from another just weeks ago.
FoxSports.com and the Boston Herald reported the deal is worth $61 million.
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