Washington Wizards veteran Paul Pierce could consider opting out of his deal with the franchise this summer which in turn paves the way for him to join the Los Angeles Clippers.
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The veteran spoke about his future shortly after the Wizards were eliminated from the playoffs by the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.
Pierce conceded that his career has taken a lot out of him both physically and emotionally, and so he questioned how much he had left with any team if he chose to continue to play next season.
A move to the Clippers isn’t something that has just been brought up now, as a reunion with former Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers was also touted last year when Pierce left the Brooklyn Nets.
It appears as though that could again be a possibility for the 37-year-old, and it could make sense for all involved in the deal if it goes through at the end of the season.
“Washington’s main issue is complacency. The Wizards could stand pat if Pierce decides to return to D.C. next season rather than opt out of his deal, but many around the league believe Pierce will do just that and finish his career back home in Los Angeles with the Clippers,” David Aldridge of NBA.com wrote.
For the Wizards, they need to find a longer-term solution at the three to continue to support John Wall and Bradley Beal to build on their success this year and continue to develop and improve as a unit.
In contrast, the Clippers need experience and depth at that position, and an affordable one-year deal would undoubtedly work well for Rivers and the franchise as they look to keep their core together by handing DeAndre Jordan a max deal to stick alongside Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.