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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Clippers reportedly pursue Paul Pierce

07.03.14 at 7:50 am ET
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THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Cardinals at Giants, 3:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Yankees at Twins, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
College baseball: Home run derby, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 8 a.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Paul Pierce might be on the move again. The former Celtics star, who was traded to the Nets last offseason, reportedly has been talking to Clippers coach Doc Rivers about a reunion in Los Angeles.

According to ESPN.com, Pierce, a free agent, likely would move via a sign-and-trade, even though Los Angeles has available its midlevel exception of $5.3 million.

It’s speculated that a trade could involve the Clippers parting with Jared Dudley, Matt Barnes and 2013 first-round pick Reggie Bullock.

MASHUP POLL: Should the Celtics attempt to sign Paul Pierce?

  • No, not worth the investment and/or not a good fit with this young team (55%, 227 Votes)
  • Yes, bring him back and let him finish his career as a Celtic (45%, 188 Votes)

Total Voters: 411

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However, the Clippers are one of the teams courting premier free agents LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, so they’re hesitant to make any major moves until they know their status regarding those two stars.

The Nets this week parted ways with coach Jason Kidd, who helped convince Pierce and Kevin Garnett to accept the trade to Brooklyn last year. Lionel Hollins was hired as his replacement Wednesday. Garnett has not yet announced if he will return for the final year of his deal (worth $12 million).

The Celtics reportedly had interest in sending Pierce and/or Garnett to the Clippers last year, but the NBA prohibited any such move because of Rivers’ involvement.

There also have been rumors that Pierce would consider a return to the Celtics.

– The Rockets made their push for Carmelo Anthony on Wednesday, including putting up billboards in and around Toyota Center with Anthony pictured in a Rockets No. 7 uniform.

However, the team already has a No. 7: Jeremy Lin, who stole the spotlight from Anthony when he became a phenom with the Knicks midway through the 2011-12 season. It’s been speculated that Houston would have to trade Lin — who has a nearly $8 million cap hit — in order to fit Anthony’s contract.

In typical Lin fashion, the former Harvard star relied on his faith to pull him through this latest controversy, tweeting: Luke 6:29 – If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them.

He later responded to a tweet acknowledging he felt “disrespected” and noted, “I’m entitled to stand up for myself,” while still promising to “love unconditionally as Jesus loved me.”

– An arbitrator ruled against Jimmy Graham in his battle to be paid as a wide receiver, saying the Saints star is a tight end as it pertains to his franchise tag designation.

The NFLPA had filed a grievance on Graham’s behalf, noting that he often lines up in the slot, but arbitrator Stephen Burbank indicated in his ruling that Graham generally was recognized as a tight end by opposing defenses, who frequently assigned a linebacker or safety to cover him.

“Like tight ends, wide receivers and running backs often line up in the slot,” Burbank’s ruling stated. “The defense employed against any player so aligned turns on the player’s position, not his alignment, because of the physical attributes and skill sets of the players in those positions.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 3, 1913, the Red Sox set a major league record for most hits without scoring a run when they collected 15 hits but lost 1-0 to which Hall of Fame pitcher?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “There is a full half-season to go here, we recognize fully where we are in the standings and what our record indicates and we’ve got to continue to work at that.” Red Sox manager John Farrell, after Wednesday’s 16-9 loss to the Cubs that completed a series sweep

STAT OF THE DAY: 21.6 million – Approximate viewership in the United States on Tuesday afternoon for the U.S. soccer team’s 2-1 loss to the Belgium in the World Cup, exceeding the average for the most recent World Series and NBA Finals

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): NESN’s Jerry Remy loses a tooth during Wednesday’s broadcast.

First basemen from around the major leagues, along with Derek Jeter, recite lines from Lou Gehrig‘s memorable farewell speech, which the Yankees legend gave 75 years ago Friday.

Edwin Encarnacion rips a three-run home run to give the Blue Jays a 7-4 victory over the Brewers.

Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin reaches over the fence to take a home run away from Orioles slugger Nelson Cruz, drawing a smile and a salute from his former Texas teammate.

The crew from “Jimmy Kimmel Live” interviews alleged fans of U.S. soccer, who have no idea that Landon Donovan did not play in the World Cup.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Washington Senators ace Walter Johnson

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Judith Durham, former lead singer of the Seekers, was born on this day in 1943.

Read More: Carmelo Anthony, doc rivers, Jeremy Lin, Jimmy Graham