Paul Pierce SF LAC 2 months ago

Pierce signed a three-year contract with the Clippers on Wednesday, NBA.com reports.

The length of the contract is somewhat shocking, but considering Pierce is primarily a jump shooter at this stage in his career, he should thrive playing off the duo of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Joining a wing situation boasting J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford, and Lance Stephenson, Pierce's optimal role likely won't live up to his standard from 17 previous seasons. In any case, the line from his sole campaign with the Wizards -- 11.9 points (on 45 percent shooting), 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.6 three-pointers in 26 minutes -- isn't out of the question as a member of the Clippers.

Paul Pierce SF LAC 2 months ago

Pierce is opting out of his contract and will become a free agent, The Players' Tribune reports.

This was widely expected to happen, as Pierce had too many other good options to stay put. While he might not receive as much as his nearly $6 million option with the Wizards, playing for a team with a more beneficial role like the Clippers or even returning to Boston sounds pretty nice. The 37-year-old might not see much use, but where he lands could have championship implications.

Paul Pierce SF LAC 3 months ago

Pierce is expected to become a free agent and forgo his option with the Wizards, Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports.

Although Pierce did not accept his option to stay with the Wizards, Pierce could return to the team out of free agency if they agree to a new contract. If not the Wizards, Pierce is likely headed to the Clippers to reunite with his old coach, Doc Rivers.

Paul Pierce SF LAC 3 months ago

Pierce is set on playing in 2016 and is deciding whether to play for the Wizards or the Clippers, Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports.

It's a pretty good dilemma for Pierce to have, as the Wizards would probably like to have him back and should be able to pay him more while the Clippers could offer a team arguably closer to a championship and a reunion with his old coach Doc Rivers. Pierce has a few weeks to decide if he wants to exercise his player option and it's likely he'll take his time. Wherever he does land, it's unlikely his role expands next season as he continues to operate more as a veteran presence than a heavy-use starter.

Paul Pierce SF LAC 4 months ago

Pierce's coach, Randy Wittman, believes that the veteran forward will return to the Wizards next season, The Washington Post reports.

Pierce has a player option for next season worth nearly $6 million, but it remains to be seen whether Pierce will exercise the option and return for an 18th NBA season. Wittman was quoted as saying, "I think he wants to be back...I won't put words in his mouth, but I'd be surprised if he didn't." Pierce was non-committal about a return following Friday's loss to Atlanta, but he has some time before making his final decision.

Paul Pierce SF LAC 4 months ago

Pierce hit a potential game-tying shot as the buzzer expired that would have put the Wizards in overtime, but had the shot waived as it was deemed to be released after the buzzer had sounded. He finished the game with just four points, five rebounds, one steal, and one block in 24 minutes of action in Game 6.

Pierce did everything he could to keep the Wizards alive, but unfortunately, they fell to the Hawks and will head to the offseason early. Still, Pierce looked quite rejuvenated this postseason, and it's encouraging to see the veteran still play at a high level.

Paul Pierce SF LAC 4 months ago

Pierce scored 22 points (8-13 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 1-2 Ft) to go along with five rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 33 minutes in Game 4 Monday against the Hawks.

Pierce followed up his game winning shot in Game 3 with a big performance from behind the arc in Game 4. The Wizards didn't play Pierce a ton in the regular season to try and keep him fresh for the playoffs and it has worked so far. Continue to expect Pierce to be one of the Wizards' main offensive weapons for however long John Wall (wrist) is out.

Paul Pierce SF LAC 4 months ago

Pierce had a nerve in his back act up during the first half of Saturday's Game 3 win, the AP reports. He was able to play through the issue in the second half and scored the game-winning shot as time expired.

Pierce played 26 minutes Saturday after played 31 and 35 minutes in games 1 and 2, respectively. While it seems Pierce will be fine going forward, if you're choosing between Pierce and another option for daily games, his back issue might be reason enough to consider other options that are similarly priced.

Paul Pierce SF LAC 4 months ago

Pierce, who was inefficient throughout the game, turned hero, hitting the game winner as time expired Saturday, ending with 13 points (5-12 FG, 3-7 3Pt), seven rebounds and one assist in 26 minutes.

Pierce has now reached double digit scoring in all seven playoff appearances, averaging 15.6 points, 3.6 three-pointers, and 4.0 rebounds in the seven playoff games so far. He's been a different player than what we saw for big stretches of the regular season, playing as a stretch four, and his consistent output, despite limited playing time is making him an affordable option for daily fantasy leagues.

Paul Pierce SF LAC 4 months ago

Pierce had 10 points (2-7 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-6 FT), two rebounds, two assists, and a steal over 27 minutes Tuesday against Toronto.

Pierce didn't match his production from Game 1, but still managed to post solid production Tuesday. His shooting numbers were down Tuesday, but that is partially attributable to big nights from John Wall and Bradley Beal. Pierce has reportedly been dealing with some knee soreness, but he should be able to put up solid numbers throughout Washington's postseason run.