The Washington Wizards and Paul Pierce spent just one season together, getting to the second round of the playoffs before being eliminated by the Atlanta Hawks. The veteran swingman had a player option, he declined opting in, which was expected as it’s typical for players so that they can get an opportunity to make more money.
Pierce’s three-year deal with Clippers will earn him nearly $10M, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2015
Wizards were feeling good about their chances when week began, but lure of Doc/hometown/etc. prompts Pierce to bolt for $3.4M next season
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 1, 2015
The L.A. native has to be excited to possibly close his career at home, with the coach he won a championship with. This isn’t the same as when he joined the Wizards a year ago, he’s not going to the Clippers to teach them how to win, but rather to get them over the hump. Pierce’s addition in L.A. makes him the best wing on their roster, which speaks volumes.
As for the Wizards, that Kelley Oubre Jr selection doesn’t look nearly as bad (depending on who you ask), as outside of the team making a move, Otto Porter will be stepping into that starting role at small forward. It’s not exactly the worse for Washington, Porter showed what he brings to the table last season. His best games came when he started and spent most of his time on the floor with the starting unit.
This doesn’t mean that the Wizards won’t go out and acquire a wing or any other player as they have two trade exceptions, both of which can be used to bring in a player. Does Pierce’s addition to the Clippers put them over the hump? How will Washington fare without Pierce’s veteran leadership and penchant for making big shots in the postseason?
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