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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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The Wizards are reportedly "optimistic" about their chances of retaining Paul Pierce as an unrestricted free agent.
Pierce is rumored to be toying with the idea of returning to the team that drafted him (Boston), or reuniting with his former coach Doc Rivers in Los Angeles to make a title run with the Clippers, but the Wizards are certainly still in play. Pierce probably has the best chances of making a deep playoff run in the East, so that could factor into his decision. As for fantasy, Pierce put in averages of just 11.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.6 three-pointers per game during the 2014-15 season, so he won't be much more than a low-end play in fantasy hoops next season. Jun 30 - 2:35 PM

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Paul Pierce has informed the Players' tribune that he will opt out his contract and become a free agent.

This was an expected move for Pierce, so Wizards fans shouldn't lose hope just yet. The Wizards still believe that Pierce will return to Washington next season, but the Clippers and Celtics could make a serious push to acquire him. Pierce's best days are clearly behind him, but he showed that he is still the Truth with a brilliant showing in the playoffs.
Jun 27 - 12:31 PM

The Wizards believe that Paul Pierce will return to Washington next season.

Pierce is expected to opt out of his deal this offseason and become an unrestricted free agent. There have been rumblings that he could return to Boston for his final NBA season, or he may reunite with his former coach Doc Rivers in Los Angeles, but Washington also remains an option for Pierce. If Pierce hopes to make a title run during his final year in the league, Washington (in the Eastern conference) may give him the best shot at reaching the Finals.
Jun 26 - 9:56 AM

The Clippers are offering bench players in a trade to gain a trade exception and attempt to sign Paul Pierce.

The Celtics are also expected to pursue the 37-year-old swingman. Pierce opting out doesn't necessarily mean he won't come back to the Wizards either. He's said he's definitely playing next year and chances are joining a contender would be a high priority for him.
Jun 24 - 4:38 PM

Paul Pierce is "definitely" playing next season and is planning to opt out of his player option for the 2015-16 season, according to ESPN.com.

This isn't a surprise and the rumors of Pierce going to the Clippers likely double with this news. His player option is $5.54 million, but opting out could allow him to get a mid-level exception and possibly help his team's cap. For now, it looks like it'll be the Wizards or Clippers.
Source: ESPN
Jun 20 - 6:16 PM

According to a source of the Washington Post, Paul Pierce is leaning towards playing in the NBA next season.

While this is obviously great news for the NBA, it is still unclear if Pierce wants to return to the Wizards or if he wants to reunite with Doc Rivers in Los Angeles. The Clippers can only offer Pierce the mini-midlevel exception of $3.37 million, while he can also opt in with the Wizards for $5.5 million. Pierce has until the end of June to decide if he wants to stick around in Washington, but it looks like this story is far from over. The Clippers do have a serious need at small forward, and the idea of finishing his career in his hometown of Los Angeles may be too tempting to pass up.
Jun 20 - 10:27 AM

The Clippers are reportedly exploring the idea of signing Paul Pierce to a mini-midlevel exception of $3.37 million if he does indeed opt out of his deal worth $5.5 million for the 2015-16 season.

It's not common for players to take less money, but Pierce is at the end of his career, and if he feels his odds of competing for a championship are better in Los Angeles than in Washington, he may elect to reunite with his former coach. It'll be interesting to see how this situation pans out, but Pierce isn't going to be much more than a low-end asset next year after putting up 11.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.6 three-pointers per game during the 2014-15 season.
Source: ESPN
Jun 18 - 5:44 PM

Paul Pierce said during a recent interview that he will make a decision on his future in the league within the next couple of weeks.

"I do feel like I can still play this game," said Pierce. "I mean, I showed that this year, that I still have something left in the tank. But it’s just the mental part of getting ready in the summer and getting ready for a long year. Those are the things I’ve got to think about." Pierce will need to decide on whether or not to pick up his player option worth $5.5 million for next season by the end of June. If he opts out, there is a rumor he will return to his hometown of Los Angeles to make a title run with the Clippers under his former coach Doc Rivers.
Jun 5 - 1:44 PM

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

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