It’s not the money. For a guy that has made $193.5 million over the course of his career, another $3.5 million isn’t going to motivate him.
It’s not minutes or points: The future Hall of Famer averaged a career-low 18.1 minutes and 6.1 points per game last season.
Pierce, an 18-season veteran in the NBA, is planning to return to the Los Angeles Clippers for his 19th season in the league according to multiple league sources.
Pierce has wavered with his decision for most of the summer, and another change in plans wouldn’t be shocking.
Pierce has a guaranteed contract for this season, so the ball was in his court: Does it want to come back at age 39 (by the time the season starts). Apparently, he’s leaning yes.
But there is not a lot of run for him. He is best now as a small ball four, and the Clippers start Blake Griffin at that slot and give him a lot of minutes. And there’s a lot of competition.