Pierce says playing in Europe 'intriguing'

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Pierce says playing in Europe 'intriguing'

With the NBA lockout seemingly inching closer and closer to becoming a season cancellation, Paul Pierce is keeping all his options open.

At Rajon Rondo's Boston Charity Classic basketball game at Harvard University on Saturday, Pierce told Comcast SportsNet's Greg Dickerson that he's interested in playing overseas if the lockout eliminates the 2011-2012 season.

"That's definitely something that's intriguing to me," Pierce said. "Between Italy and Spain, I've visited both countries, it's something I'm definitely considering very strongly especially with the possibility of a cancellation of a season."

Several NBA stars have shown interest in playing overseas because of the lockout, including Pierce's Celtics teammate Rajon Rondo and Kobe Bryant.

NBA reaches seven-year labor agreement with players' union

NBA reaches seven-year labor agreement with players' union

When was the last time you saw any labor contract — not just the NBA, not just pro sports, but in any business — get done before either side could opt-out, let alone the actual deadline?

That’s what happened with the NBA’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The teams had until Dec. 15 of last year to opt out, with the real deadline for a new deal being July 1 of this year. Yet the two sides reached a deal before either side even opted out.

Thursday the NBA and National Basketball Players’ Association announced that the new CBA had been signed. It’s a seven-year deal that kicks in July 1.

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