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Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce and head coach Doc Rivers react during a break in fourth quarter action against the Miami Heat in Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in Miami

Reports: Paul Pierce agrees to three-year, $10 million contract with Los Angeles Clippers


Would Paul Pierce agree to this if DeAndre Jordan were leaving town? Maybe, but it seems far less likely.

Paul Pierce has decided to leave the red, white, and blue of our nation’s capital for the red, white, and blue of a team on the other coast — the one in his hometown of Los Angeles.

He is going to reunite with his old coach Doc Rivers and try to lead the Los Angeles Clippers over the hump, something first reported by Dan Woike of the Orange County Register:

That works out to basically $10 million over the three years, and the third year is a team option. A couple days ago it seemed Pierce — the 10-time All-Star and NBA champion in Boston — did not want to give the Clippers a discount, that he was leaning toward staying a Wizard. However, the pull of his home town proved too much.

The Clippers have been looking to upgrade at the three this off-season. They shipped out Matt Barnes but brought in Lance Stephenson, but Rivers said he hoped to bring Stephenson off the bench. This signing allows them to do that, although Stephenson may play more minutes than Pierce.

Pierce turns 38 next season but his crafty, veteran game that ages well. He averaged 11.9 points a game and shot 38.9 percent from three last season. The challenge is that he had more success playing at the four, while the Clippers have Blake Griffin at the four and would use Pierce more at the three. That spot has been a challenge to him in recent seasons, particularly defensively.

Still, the Clippers think they got a guy who can knock down big shots in big moments — “I called game.” The Clippers have that in Chris Paul but wanted more veteran presence.

But if Jordan bolts, this move could be moot. Which is why it seems Pierce might know something.

Reports: Phoenix Suns sign Tyson Chandler, re-sign Brandon Knight, try to reshape roster

Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers

There were a lot of teams — the Clippers, Knicks, even Mavericks among others — that were going to get serious in talks with Tyson Chandler as Plan B, if their first gambits didn’t pay off.

The Phoenix Suns came calling in the first 24 hours of free agency telling Chandler he was Plan A — and they carried a big check.

It worked, Chandler is going to Phoenix, reports Ken Berger of CBSSports.com.

That’s a lot of years for a player who turns 33 next season, and a lot of money for a guy whose skills have started to show some slippage. That said, the magical Suns training staff has rejuvenated more than one big man and kept him playing at a high level.

The Chandler news came right on the heels of an expected announcement — the Suns re-signed point guard Brandon Knight to a five-year deal, $70 million deal, something first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Knight, 23, averaged 13.4 points and 4.5 assists in 11 games for the Suns last season after they acquired him in a three-team deal with the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers at the February trade deadline. Ankle and heel injuries sidelined him for most of his short time in Phoenix last season.

Armed with those two signings, the Suns walked into their meeting with free agent LaMarcus Aldridge — more than those two signings, they brought Chandler into the meeting.

Phoenix wants to play small and reportedly are not looking to trade Eric Bledsoe — although around the league they thought he was being shopped — but rather play those two together. With that lineup you can see Chandler as the rim protector on defense and rebounder (plus he is strong in the pick-and-roll), then Aldridge could space the floor and have room to operate as a four (his preferred role).

The challenge: With those two signings the Suns do not have the room to sign Aldridge to a max deal as well. If Aldridge said he wanted to come to the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix would need to shed a lot of salary fast. That, or do a sign-and-trade with Bledsoe.

Even if Aldridge chooses to play elsewhere, the Suns have upgraded their roster.

And no Chandler on the board could leave teams in a lurch. For example, the Clippers wanted to sign-and-trade for him if DeAndre Jordan chose Dallas. Now if Jordan bolts the Clippers do not have the cap space to replace him with anywhere near that same quality of players. There is also now more pressure on the Lakers and Knicks to land Greg Monroe.

Knicks have midnight meeting with Greg Monroe; DeAndre Jordan, LaMarcus Aldridge up next

Greg Monroe

The Knicks are expected to be active players in free agency, which officially got going at midnight Eastern time on Wednesday.

New York is getting a formal sit-down with all the big names, and the first one on their list remains the most likely of targets to end up playing in a Knicks uniform next season.

Marc Berman of the New York Post:

A Knicks contingent of Phil Jackson, general manager Steve Mills, coach Derek Fisher and vice president of operations Jamie Matthews descended upon Washington D.C. at midnight Wednesday to meet with Greg Monroe at superagent David Falk’s offices, then was to fly to Los Angeles to meet with Clippers defensive center DeAndre Jordan in the afternoon in making their first bids for a free-agent splash.

Jackson’s crew will then sit down in L.A. with Portland All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge Thursday — the Knicks being the last of seven teams he will greet. Falk, who is close to Jackson, holds all of his free-agent meetings in Washington. Monroe, the former Georgetown star, is considered a favorite to choose the Knicks.

The Knicks, much like the Lakers, can’t afford to hand out two max-level contracts this summer.

Monroe has always been linked to New York, while Jordan and Aldridge remain long shots. But the Knicks are in the largest of markets, and armed with significant cap space for the first time in years, are at the very least getting everyone to listen.