Paul Pierce has one year remaining on his contract with the Wizards, but it’s a player option, which means he can walk away from it to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
If he were to do that, it has been speculated that he would end up with the Clippers.
Nothing has been decided on Pierce’s end, but L.A. reportedly remains interested if Pierce chooses to make himself available.
The Clippers remain interested in bringing small forward Paul Pierce to Los Angeles, a league source told us today, but that Pierce would first have to opt out of his current contract with the Washington Wizards, which he can do.
The Clippers believe they’re close to championship contention, but will need to add the proper pieces to the roster to get over that hump — a job Doc Rivers admitted wouldn’t be easy.
L.A. is already in a difficult position from a salary cap perspective, and that won’t change anytime soon if the team can get DeAndre Jordan to re-sign on a max contract that Rivers has already said will be offered.
Bringing in someone like Pierce on something resembling a minimum deal would be huge for L.A., both because of his prior relationship with Rivers while the two were together in Boston, and because of just how effective he can still be in some of the postseason’s biggest moments.
But Washington has been good to Pierce, so it’s unclear if he’s truly interested in bolting the Wizards just yet.