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Paul Pierce | Forward

Team: Washington Wizards
Age / DOB:  (37) / 10/13/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 235
College: Kansas
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Despite persisting rumors, it is not a sure thing that Paul Pierce will opt out of his contract and sign with the Clippers.
While a reunion with Clippers head coach Doc Rivers makes a lot of sense, the Clippers have a bigger offseason priority in re-signing DeAndre Jordan and may not have enough money to pay Pierce if he opts out of his contract with the Wizards. Pierce has also talked about potentially retiring, so there are likely to be more twists in this road before we learn of Pierce's final decision. May 26 - 11:08 AM

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Paul Pierce may opt out with the Wizards and sign with the Clippers.

It could be for less money in order to join coach Doc Rivers and assistant coach Sam Cassell. Pierce was distraught after his loss to the Hawks and still hasn't made it clear if he'll be back next season. To be clear, this is just a rumor and Pierce has not said anything about joining up with the Clippers.
Source: NBA.com
May 25 - 3:28 PM

John Wall is hopeful that Paul Pierce will be back with the Wizards next season.

"Who wouldn’t want to have a Hall of Fame guy back on this team? He meant so much to us," Wall said. "Just his leadership, his work ethic, being a mentor, talking to us, and giving us those words of encouragement and that extra grit and fight. He has to do what’s best for him and his family, and that’s taking time off and deciding whether he wants to come back and play." Pierce has a $6 million player option for next season, but he will likely take his time before making a decision. He averaged 14.6 points, 4.2 boards and 3.3 3-pointers in the playoffs and hit several big shots in clutch situations, so he obviously still has a lot to offer.
May 23 - 10:58 AM

LeBron James spoke about what Paul Pierce has meant to his career and lauded the veteran's overall body of work in the NBA.

After saying that PIerce helped him elevate his game, James spoke about PIerce's legacy. "It's great to have him in this league as far as the competition and what he's done not only for the three teams that he's played for, but for himself," said James. "He's probably going to be a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer. His numbers speak for itself. He's a big-time player." The Truth will now take the summer to decide whether or not to retire, but he'll remain a solid late-round fantasy pick if he comes back for another season.
May 19 - 11:50 AM

Wizards head coach Randy Wittman believes that Paul Pierce will return next season.

"I’d love him back. I think he wants to be back. I don’t know, I won’t put words in his mouth, but I’d be surprised if he didn’t," Wittman said. "I think what he saw with these guys and the heart this team has. Why wouldn’t you want to play the end of your career with a group like that?" Pierce has a $6 million player option for next season, but he recently said that he didn't know if his basketball days were over. Pierce's decision will have a big impact on Washington's offseason plans, but it's safe to say that they hope the Truth comes back for at least one more season.
May 17 - 9:32 AM

Paul Pierce has a $6 million player option for next season, but he isn't sure if he will play basketball anymore.

"Truthfully, what was going through my mind is, I don’t have too much of these efforts left, if any," Pierce said. "These rides throughout the NBA season, throughout the playoffs, are very emotional. They take a lot out of not only your body, but your mind, your spirit... I don’t even know if I’m going to play basketball anymore." The 37-year-old veteran had postseason averages of 14.6 points, 4.2 boards and 3.3 3-pointers, so he still has some gas left in the tank. We will follow this story closely in the offseason, but hopefully we will get to see at least another year of the Truth in the NBA.
May 16 - 9:48 AM

Paul Pierce said he doesn't know if he'll be back in the NBA next season.

"I don't know how many of these rides I have left," Pierce said. He is going to talk with his family and think about his decision. Pierce exceeded most expectations this season after it looked like the wheels were going to fall off with the Nets, but he said the 82-game grind was a bit much this year. Pierce also reportedly sounded devastated following the loss. He'll likely give the Wizards a better idea before free agency hits.
May 15 - 11:08 PM

Paul Pierce's would-be game-tying 3-pointer was about 0.1 seconds late during a 94-91 loss to the Hawks on Friday night, finishing with four points, five boards, one steal and one block in 24 minutes.

It went to review and it was one of the closest calls in the review era. As play-by-play guy Mike Tirico said, this is the first series to ever end in Secaucas, NJ at the Replay Center. Pierce is going to be taking some heavy fire from lots of folks because he called "series" after what he thought was a game-winning shot in Game 5. Well, the series is over now and the Wizards are going home.
May 15 - 9:49 PM

Paul Pierce said that the Wizards will need to put forth a better effort to come away with a Game 6 win.

"We got to do a better job at closing out the game, running our offense," said Pierce. "Too many turnovers in the fourth. Be able to execute a lot better... The sting of [Game 5's loss] is going to motivate us for Game 6. Guys will be really fired up knowing we let one get away. So we're going to go back home with aspirations of wining and making another trip to Atlanta." Pierce didn't have a great game during Game 5, but he was still able to knock down some clutch shots, as per usual. He's averaging 16.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.8 three-pointers through Washington's second-round series.
May 15 - 9:26 AM

Paul Pierce took the blame for Al Horford's last-second rebound and ensuing game-winning layup in Wednesday's Game 5 loss.

While Horford grabbed the rebound over Nene, Pierce had a chance to get his hands in there too. "I got to get in there and get my hands dirty and go up for the rebound," Pierce said. While Pierce and his Wizards teammates will need to win Game 6 on Friday to stave off elimination, he's averaging 16.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 3.8 three-pointers in the series so he can safely be started in all fantasy formats.
May 14 - 1:59 PM

Paul Pierce hit just 3-of-9 shots (all 3-pointers) for 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in Wednesday's loss to the Hawks, but also hit two of the shots of the night in a loss in Atlanta.

With the Wizards trailing 78-73 with under three minutes remaining and the game slipping away, Pierce drained a clutch 3-pointer to put his team down 78-76 with two minutes remaining in the game. He then committed a key turnover that gave the Hawks a two-point lead, but then hit a clutch 3-pointer that put the Wizards up 81-80 with just 8.3 seconds remaining, after which he looked at the Hawks' bench and said "Series!" But the Truth's luck ran out there, as Al Horford grabbed a huge rebound over Nene off a Dennis Schroder miss and buried the game-winning layup. Hawks fans were already tired of Pierce's antics after his celebration after his game-winning bank shot in Game 3, and didn't make any new friends in Atlanta tonight.
May 13 - 11:26 PM

With the series tied at 2-2 and Game 5 set to take place in Atlanta on Wednesday, Paul Pierce believes his team is ready.

"We’re a resilient team. We don’t mind being on the road," Pierce said. "We know it’s an uphill battle going into their building trying to win again but I think this squad is up for the challenge." Pierce is averaging 17.3 points and 5.0 boards vs. the Hawks, and he has done a phenomenal job of keeping the Wizards alive with John Wall (wrist) on the shelf. Wall is considered questionable to play in Game 5, but Pierce will have his team ready to play regardless of what happens.
May 13 - 11:07 AM

Paul Pierce scored 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting (including five threes) with five rebounds and three blocks in Monday's Game 4 loss to the Hawks.

Pierce was excellent once again but apparently his deal with the devil had an expiration date, as he missed a wide open three late that would have tied the game. His impact on this Wizards team will have executives thinking long and hard about bringing in so-called washed up veterans.
May 11 - 10:20 PM

Paul Pierce hit a game-winner at the buzzer to beat the Hawks 103-101 on Saturday, finishing with 13 points, seven rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

For the second night in a row, a player at home hit a buzzer-beater off the glass to win the game. Maybe we'll see a guy actually hit a game-winner without using the backboard. Additionally, Pierce had a minor shoulder injury in the first quarter, but he's obviously fine. After the game, he was asked if he called bank. "I called game," Pierce said. Pierce has reached legendary quote status.
May 9 - 8:16 PM

Paul Pierce said it's "not going to come from one person" to replace John Wall's production.

"It’s going to have to be collectively, whether it’s [Ramon Sessions], Garrett Temple, Will Bynum, not only from the point guard but other guys too," Pierce said. "Hopefully these guys are motivated and feel they have the opportunity to step up." Pierce should also have more shots going his way and he might have to do more work inside the arc.
May 7 - 9:03 PM