On Saturday night, one of the bigger surprises of the NBA offseason came to light. Paul Pierce decided to leave the Brooklyn Nets just one season after being traded from Boston the year before.
ESPN has learned that Pierce will sign a two-year deal with the Wizards at the mid-level exception with a player option entering Year 2
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 13, 2014
Pierce not only leaves behind Brooklyn, but also leaves good friend Kevin Garnett as well. Garnett and Pierce won an NBA Championship in 2008 while members of the Boston Celtics.
Pierce agreed to a 2-year, $11 million dollar deal with the Washington Wizards, who had not been in the conversation around the league to land the 10 time All-Star. Pierce goes to Washington to join up-and-coming front court guards John Wall and Bradley Beal, as well as Nenê, and Marcin Gortat in the back court in the starting lineup.
Last year with Brooklyn, for the first time in his career, Pierce took somewhat of a backseat to teammates Joe Johnson and Deron Williams in the scoring department. Pierce put up 13.5 points per game which was the lowest since his rookie year in his 16-year NBA career.
Pierce goes to a Washington team who just lost their starting small forward from least season in Trevor Ariza who left town for the Houston Rockets. Ariza signed a 4-year, 32 million dollar deal just hours before the news of Pierce being added to the roster.
Last season, the Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, before being eliminated by the Indiana Pacers in the following round.
The Wizards have an extremely bring future with Wall and Beal in the picture, and adding Pierce for the next two seasons can do nothing but help the team’s outlook for the immediate future. Pierce tweets about joining the Wizards:
Obama , J Wall here I come — Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) July 13, 2014