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Paul Pierce | Forward

Team: Washington Wizards
Age / DOB:  (36) / 10/13/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 235
College: Kansas
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The Nets reportedly had the opportunity to match the Wizards' offer on Paul Pierce, but chose not to.
The Nets had Pierce's Bird Rights, and could have offered him more money than any other team, but they chose to let him walk. The Nets surrendered three future first round draft picks when they acquired Pierce and Kevin Garnett a year ago, and with Garnett's future in Brooklyn also cloudy, it doesn't look like they got much a return on that investment. Jul 13 - 9:42 AM

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The Wizards will sign Paul Pierce on a two-year, $11 million deal, according to ESPN.com.

It's expected to be a two-year deal and work as the mid-level exception for the Wizards. He will also have a player option in the second year, which makes sense after he's said multiple times he's likely to play just two seasons. The Wizards did a fantastic job here and were able to come away with a solid small forward after losing out on Trevor Ariza. Pierce will have to change his style of play a little and will likely be catching and shooting more.
Jul 12 - 11:57 PM

Paul Pierce confirmed on Thursday that he has been contacted by his former coach Doc Rivers about joining the Clippers.

Pierce also mentioned that the free agency process will move quicker once LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony make their decisions. The two top suitors for Pierce appear to be the Nets and the Clippers, but more teams will likely be added to the mix once the top-tier free agents sign with teams. Pierce said that he will like to play for two more years, but added that he has "no idea where I'll be going next year."
Jul 10 - 5:27 PM

Unrestricted free agent Paul Pierce is seeking a two-year contract at about $9-10 million per season.

He said he wants to play at least two more seasons, so the two-year deal makes sense. It's tough to tell if teams are going to be willing to give up that kind of money after Pierce's game really slowed down in his first year with the Nets. He made $15.3 million last season and hasn't made less than $10 million since 2003.
Jul 7 - 1:19 PM

Unrestricted free agent Paul Pierce wants to play at least two more seasons.

His minutes per game took a massive hit at 28.0 last year, which shattered his previous career low of 33.4 from 2012-13. Pierce also had career lows in points and boards, so he's clearly on his way down. He sits 18th on the all-time scoring list and will almost certainly climb into the top 15 next year.
Jul 7 - 9:15 AM

General manager Billy King said the Nets are not negotiating with the Clippers on a sign-and-trade deal for Paul Pierce.

King said the Clippers have been calling, but the team is not interested. Kevin Garnett is expected to come back next season, but joining his former coach, Doc Rivers, on a better team is an attractive option for Pierce. Chances are The Truth won't come to terms on a deal until after Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James have decided.
Jul 3 - 8:09 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers are interested in acquiring Paul Pierce from the Nets in a sign-and-trade.

The Clippers could use their $5.3 million mid-level exception to sign the unrestricted free agent, but have a surplus of small forwards and would prefer to send a player to Brooklyn in the deal. The Clippers would ideally like to include a combination of Matt Barnes, Jared Dudley, and Reggie Bullock, but the Nets reportedly aren't interested in any of those players. The Clippers will also be in the hunt for LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony this summer, but may end up sweetening their offer to Brooklyn if they fail to land either superstar.
Source: ESPN
Jul 3 - 9:58 AM

In addition to the Clippers, free agent Paul Pierce has been contacted by the Bulls, Grizzlies, Mavericks and Trail Blazers.

Presumably the Nets have also contacted him about returning to Brooklyn, but it's tough to gauge Pierce's interest after a postseason disappointment and the messy departure of coach Jason Kidd. There's a good chance Pierce will wait to see where other key free agents sign before choosing where to spend one of the final years of his NBA career.
Jul 1 - 3:14 PM

With Jason Kidd long gone in Brooklyn, it's possible the Clippers will make a strong play to lure free agent Paul Pierce back to Doc Rivers.

The love Pierce and Rivers have for each other is no secret and with all the turmoil happening in Brooklyn, it would be very easy to see Pierce bolting for L.A. This summer. And given that the biggest hole the Clippers have in their starting lineup is small forward, this looks like a perfect match.
Jul 1 - 1:41 AM

Paul Pierce said following Wednesday's loss that he has one or two more years "at most" in his NBA career.

He finished with 19 points, two boards, two assists and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes during Wednesday's season-ending loss to the Heat. The 36-year-old swingman turned in a solid series vs. Miami, averaging 14.0 points on 46.6 percent from the field, but he didn't fare too well on defense. Pierce is almost a lock to move into the top 15 on the NBA's all-time scoring list next season, but his fantasy value is unlikely to be high enough to be selected in the first half of drafts.
May 14 - 10:24 PM

Paul Pierce asked to defend LeBron James after Game 2, and helped limit LeBron to 12 points in the final three quarters of Brooklyn's Game 3 victory.

"I don't have the offensive load that I've had in the past," Pierce said. "Now, I can reserve a lot of energy trying to defend [LeBron]. When the time comes for me to score, then I'll do that also." Deron Williams added that the Nets want LeBron to shoot jumpers all game long, rather than attacking the paint. "If we just let him to get in the lane any time he wants," Williams said, "we're not going to have a very good success rate."
May 12 - 9:40 AM

Paul Pierce hit 5-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 14 points, four rebounds and two steals in Saturday's win.

Pierce tied Jason Kidd for No. 8 on the list of 3-pointers made in playoff history. He's playing on a sore ankle, and despite the lack of big numbers tonight, he played pretty well for the Nets.
May 10 - 10:56 PM

Paul Pierce suffered a minor ankle injury in the first quarter of Thursday's 94-82 loss to the Heat, finishing with 13 points, four boards, two assists and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

He was limping up and down the court for a couple minutes, but the ankle issue didn't really cost him time. Pierce did a decent job on LeBron James and perhaps coach Jason Kidd waited too long to bring him back into this game with Pierce not checking in until 5:08 left in the fourth. The ankle injury shouldn't be a concern for Game 3 on Saturday as the Nets will try to avoid an 0-3 hole.
May 8 - 9:46 PM

Paul Pierce stayed hot with a team-high 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting in Sunday's loss, which gave home-court advantage to the Raptors with Game 5 looming on Wednesday.

Pierce's efficiency was an outlier for Brooklyn, which committed 16 turnovers while shooting just 41.2 percent from the field and 65.5 percent from the FT line. He called the Nets "soft" after their Game 2 loss and may have some choice words for them again after Sunday's uninspiring performance.
Apr 27 - 10:07 PM

Paul Pierce thinks certain players are inherently more clutch than others.

In one of the better quotes of the young postseason, Pierce spoke briefly about being clutch, "Everybody don’t have it. Everybody is not born with it. You can’t buy it at Costco or Walgreens." Pierce had a solid performance in Brooklyn's Game 1 win over Toronto and his 36 minutes played should come as good sign for a Nets team that will likely need The Truth's clutch genes sooner or later.
Apr 22 - 11:32 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1John Wall
2Andre Miller
3Garrett Temple
SG1Bradley Beal
2Martell Webster
3Glen Rice Jr.
SF1Paul Pierce
2Otto Porter
PF1Nene Hilario
2Drew Gooden
3DeJuan Blair
C1Marcin Gortat
2Kris Humphries
3Kevin Seraphin
4Melvin Ely