Paul Pierce Earns $8.7 Million After ESPN Fallout

Paul Pierce

Getty ESPN NBA commentators Amin Elhassan, Cassidy Hubbarth, Kendrick Perkins and Paul Pierce.

Boston Celtics legend, NBA analyst Paul Pierce — who parted ways with ESPN in April 2021 — has sold his mansion in Calabasas, California, and is raking in a hefty profit, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Pierce sold his home for $8.7 million, the outlet reported, adding that the 10-time NBA All-Star purchased the 16,000-square foot mansion in 2009 for $6.5 million.

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Pierce’s Mansion Has Had Other Celebrity Owners

The Calabasas property was once owned by pop icon Michael Jackson and former New England Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest, the Los Angeles Times reported, and includes a Celtics-themed basketball court, a small bowling alley, a movie theater, a personal gym and more.

The 16,000-square-foot home with eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms includes a swimming pool and two hot tubs outside. The future Basketball Hall of Fame forward has earned the bag — of profit — for this beautiful estate, but nowhere near Pierce’s original asking price.

According to Multiple Listing Service, per LA Times, Paul was asking for $11 million last year.

What’s Pierce’s Next Move?

As for work, no word yet on what Pierce’s next move will be following his breakup with ESPN. But in the meantime, everyone’s staying tuned.

Pierce made headlines in early April after broadcasting poker night, which was assumed to be from the basement of his home. The live feed included himself drinking alcohol, smoking and entertaining strippers.

The internet was littered with screenshots of the video. It even led to a $250,000 offer from adult entertainment company CamSoda, reported.

Barstool Sports also made a public plea for Pierce. Dave Portnoy and his heavy Boston sports fanbase would certainly welcome the 2008 NBA Finals MVP with open arms.

A couple of weeks back, TMZ caught up with “The Truth” outside of Il Pastaio restaurant in Beverly Hills. Pierce had the same energy that was flowing through his recent Twitter video that was posted moments after the ESPN news dropped.

“Truth gonna bounce back like never before,” Pierce said, via TMZ. “That’s all you gotta know.”

But not everyone, unlike most Celtics fans, disagreed with ESPN’s decision.

Boston Globe’s Chad Finn: ‘Disney Characters, as Far as I Know, Don’t Twerk’

The Boston Globe’s Chad Finn weighed in on the situation between Pierce and the Disney-owned network, claiming he’s surprised the firing didn’t happen sooner.

“ESPN is owned by Disney, a brand that doesn’t exactly endorse the lifestyle Pierce’s video indicated he was living at the moment,” Finn wrote, via Boston Globe. “Disney characters, as far as we know, do not twerk. This should not be spun by anyone as an instance of “cancel” culture. It’s the consequences that come due when an employee does something to put the employer in a bad light.

“The network’s hiring of Pierce immediately upon retiring from his 19-season NBA career was greeted with much fanfare. But his star at the network has dimmed in recent years.”