What are the odds that the Captain would resign with us for, say, $3mil a year? I know it sounds crazy, but here's what it could mean:
1. Pierce gets to retire a Celtic, and he'd be considered one of the best all-time to wear green
2. We have TONS more salary flexibility, so we could sign a big name that could lead us to a title, PP's second
Maybe I'm just being overly sentimental and/or naive, but if I had had an NBA career and spent it all with one team, a team that is close to contending for a championship (and I was no longer playing at my once-great level), I'd absolutely take a big pay cut if it meant we could win before I retired.
Big contract, small contract...won't affect our salary cap situation as far of money available to offer other free-agents.
The only thing it'll affect is availability of the MLE, which I think we could have next year regardless.
So sorry, this is simply not how the NBA Cap works.