The Los Angeles Clippers, looking for roster upgrades, have engaged in conversations with the Brooklyn Nets to try to construct a sign-and-trade that would reunite Paul Pierce with Doc Rivers, ESPN.com reported Thursday.
But the Nets are not interested in dealing the veteran forward to the Clippers.
"They made a call and inquired, but there's nothing there at this point that makes sense for us," Nets general manager Billy King said Thursday on ESPN NewYork 98.7 FM.
Rivers, the Clippers' president and coach, has had several conversations with Pierce since he became an unrestricted free agent July 1. It would bring Pierce back under the coaching guidance of Rivers like he had in Boston.
According to ESPN.com, the Clippers could simply sign Pierce as a free agent using their midlevel exception at $5.3 million, but they are interested in pursuing sign-and-trade scenarios that would allow Brooklyn to get something in return for the 10-time All-Star.
Because Brooklyn holds his so-called Bird rights, a sign-and-trade also would allow Pierce -- who made $15.3 million last season -- to sign for more than the midlevel exception.
King said he talked with Jeff Schwartz, Pierce's agent, on Thursday about a new contract. The Nets are offering $6 million to $8 million per year, ESPN.com reported.
"We know the number we want to get to, I think they know the number they want to get to," King said. "We're just trying to get to the point where we're all comfortable and I know what we're trying to accomplish, and it's just in the negotiation process. That's all it is.
"We have the ability to pay him more than everybody else, but we are going to be a little bit more financially responsible at this point in time."
Pierce has drawn interest from the Blazers, Grizzlies, Bulls, Mavericks, Rockets and Clippers, sources told ESPN.com.