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Washington Wizards star Paul Pierce has revealed that the Brooklyn Nets didn’t make him an offer and so he opted to look at his options elsewhere this summer.
Pierce signed a two-year deal worth $11m with the Wizards, with a player option for Year 2 as he looks to extend his career in the league with a fresh challenge.
However, after joining the Nets alongside long-time friend and team-mate Kevin Garnett, he has revealed that he was ready to stay at the Barclays Center but there was no offer forthcoming from the organisation.
“Truthfully, I thought I was going to end up back in Brooklyn, with Kevin [Garnett]. I told Kevin, if you’re not going to retire, then I probably will come back. But when Brooklyn didn’t give me an offer, it was like, I talked to him, and I kind of started looking at my options then,” Pierce told NBA.com.
Nets general manager Billy King recently revealed that financial reasons were behind the decision not to sign Pierce, as the team already have several power forwards on their roster and Pierce would have cost an additional $20m in luxury taxes.
It is reported that the Nets spent $197m in payroll and luxury taxes last season but have now cut that figure to $130m going into the new season after various roster moves.
After failing to bring immediate success after making a big statement with the signings of Pierce and Garnett last summer, it appears that the Nets are now heading in a different direction and it is one that involves them cutting costs.
Brook Lopez will return from foot and ankle surgery to provide a significant boost, while new coach Lionel Hollins will expect more from the role players in order to support the core of Garnett, Lopez and point guard Deron Williams.