Paul Pierce appears to have landed himself a full-time job. He’s appeared as an analyst for ESPN throughout these finals in a part-time capacity, but that might soon be changing.
Nothing has been made official, but ESPN officials have expressed to Pierce that they are interested in bringing him on throughout the 2017-18 season.
For Pierce, it’s one of the fastest transitions for court to press booth in recent memory.
Only last season was he playing for the Washington Wizards. After deciding to retire, Pierce wasted no time in getting back into the game of basketball. He has added edge to a lineup that already features Michelle Beadle, Chauncey Billups and Jalen Rose.
Pierce appears to be interested in the proposal. He hasn’t agreed to anything yet, and has expressed that he’d like his representatives to sit down with ESPN after the finals are over.
Speaking with Sports Illustrated on the topic, Pierce had nothing but good things to say about his newest coworkers.
“I can work in LA, which is where I am from, and I am already used to people at the network after working with them the last two years,” said Pierce, in an interview earlier this week. “And Beadle makes everyone feel comfortable. It just feels natural to me talking hoops and analyzing the game. I feel like I have been doing it forever.”
Game 5 of the NBA Finals will be played tonight in Oakland. Tip-off is set for 9:00 p.m. ET. If Golden State manages to close it out on their home floor, it might be the last pre-game Pierce does without a full-time contract in place with ESPN.