The Clippers, due to salary-cap restraints, had a simple realistic mission this offseason: Retain as much of their talent as possible.
It went so-so.
Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times:
Just don’t expect much from Pierce, who turns 39 before the season. Moving to power forward injected late life into his career, but he couldn’t hold off the effects of aging last season. That’s unlikely to improve a year later.
Perhaps, he can help the Clippers situationally. They’re thin behind Blake Griffin, as Marreese Speights makes a better impact at center. Johnson and Mbah a Moute are treading water at small forward, so even if that’s not Pierce’s best position, he still might play there.
But even limited contributions might be asking too much from Pierce at this stage.