Paul Pierce opted out of his contract with the Washington Wizards this summer and decided to take less money annually to go home and play for the Los Angeles Clippers. The way Clippers head coach Doc Rivers tells it, the Wizards weren’t even Pierce’s second choice. That would be the Boston Celtics, according to ESPN’s Chris Forsberg:
“I’m really looking forward to him. You know, I think he wanted to go one of two places: One, he’d come back [to Boston], or he wanted to finish his career at home where he grew up,” Rivers said while standing courtside at TD Garden as part of a fundraising event for ABCD Hoops Dreams that also featured current Celtics coach Brad Stevens.
There was a report earlier in the summer that said a return to Boston was possibly on Pierce’s radar, and while many scoffed at that idea, perhaps it was more true than anybody realized. There’s always a chance Rivers just said this for show, but it’s interesting nonetheless.
Pierce is set to be a key role player on a Clippers team with dreams of a championship. Rivers said he’s still unsure how he’s going to use the veteran forward, but no matter what, I’m sure we can expect Pierce to hit some clutch shots at some point this upcoming season.