Paul Pierce joined the Brooklyn Nets in July in nine-player trade after 15 years with the Boston Celtics where he ranks second on the all-time scoring list for the storied franchise. The trade, which also brought 15-time All-Star Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn, immediately elevated the Nets to championship contenders. They swept the Miami Heat in the regular season, but the Heat have the Nets’ backs against the wall in their second round playoff series. Pierce was coined as the The Truth by Shaquille O’Neal during his third season in the NBA and the nickname has stuck ever since. Pierce is in the final year of a $61.3 million contract extension he signed with the Celtics in 2010 and will be a free agent come summer. In addition to endorsement deals with Nike and Spalding, Pierce also has an agreement with Steiner Sports for memorabilia, which brings his total off-court income to $1.5 million.