Paul Pierce nearly hit another heroic shot to save the Washington Wizards on Friday. In fact, Pierce DID hit the shot that would have sent Game 6 against the Atlanta Hawks to overtime to extend the Wizards’ season, but he simply didn’t get it off in time. After the three was waved off, Washington’s season was over and Pierce’s future was in doubt.
Pierce has a $5.5 million player option with the Wizards next season, but he’s currently unsure about exercising it:
Paul Pierce says he's not sure at the moment if he'll return next yr. "A lot has to do with my family, talking to my wife, kids, my mother."
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) May 16, 2015
Pierce, who will be 38 years old in October, also said he’s not sure how much he has left in the tank, according to Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post:
“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.”
While Pierce really struggled in Game 6 before that too-late three, it certainly looked like he had plenty left in the tank. After a sold regular season, he picked his play up even more in the postseason, averaging 14.6 points and 4.2 rebounds while shooting 48.5 percent overall and 52.4 percent from three. He hit multiple big shots throughout the playoffs, including a game-winning buzzer-beater in Game 3 against Atlanta.
If Pierce really were to hang it up, it would be the end of a long and illustrious career. However, something tells me he’s not done.