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Pierce, Celtics Finalize Deal

Well, first Paul Pierce's new deal was confirmed, and then reports surfaced that cloudiness surrounding the fourth and final year of the contract was holding up the deal. Now, the deal is once again confirmed, according to Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston:

Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics have agreed to a four-year, $61 million deal, a source told ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher on Saturday.

A source told ESPN the fourth year of Pierce's contract -- the main point of contention in the negotiations -- is fully guaranteed.

It was not immediately known if the contract contains a no-trade clause, which Pierce is eligible for by virtue of having at least eight years of service time and four with the same team.

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