Stein: Teams chasing Pierce, Livingston

The Brooklyn Nets may be able to pay Paul Pierce more than any other team, but they’re already facing some stiff competition to retain his services.

Shortly after the NBA free agency period began at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, ESPN.com’s Marc Stein tweeted the following:

The Nets have Pierce’s Bird rights, which allows them to pay more than any other team.

Sources told ESPNNewYork.com that Brooklyn would like to sign him to a short-term contract worth from $6 miilion to $8 million per season.

It’s understandable that the Clippers would be an attractive situation for Pierce. The 36-year-old forward would have a chance to reunite with his former coach, Doc Rivers.

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are also in the prime of their careers, and Los Angeles will definitely continue to contend in the Western Conference.

As for Shaun Livingston, Stein tweeted:

The organization has already been bracing for Livingston’s likely departure. And that was before the stunning turn of events with Kidd.

The Nets can offer Livingston at most a three-year, $10 million contract -- their entire taxpayer’s mini midlevel exception.

All the teams Stein mentioned can offer more.