Paul Pierce could’ve gotten more money from the Washington Wizards, but the allure of heading home and playing for his former head coach Doc Rivers was just too much. Possibly being in title contention also helps, and Pierce will join the Los Angeles Clippers on a three-year deal:
Pierce deal is at the mini-mid level for taxpaying teams, per sources. Two years beginning at $3.3, with option for third year.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 1, 2015
Considering Pierce was thinking about retiring, it’s hard to see him playing in that third year. Even so, the Clippers getting Pierce at this rate is an absolute steal. The veteran proved he still had it last season, and he’ll slide right into the starting lineup void left by Matt Barnes.
If DeAndre Jordan returns, the Clippers will again be right there at the top of the Western Conference, and you have to wonder if Pierce signing means he and the team feel good about Jordan returning. A lineup of Paul/Redick/Pierce/Griffin/Jordan is quite formidable, and if Lance Stephenson pans out, that’s another huge plus. It would be nice to ship off Jamal Crawford and add some help in the frontcourt, but even if that doesn’t happen, just getting Pierce to begin with at this price is great.