Last night’s elimination of the Brooklyn Nets has created a stir in regards to Paul Pierce’s future.
Entering the summer, Paul Pierce will be a free agent. There’s no guarantee he returns to a Brooklyn Nets, leaving him as a viable option for several other teams and according to Marc Stein of ESPN, there’s a chance he tries to woo his way to the Los Angeles Clippers:
If KG decides to play on, those who know him well say Pierce’s incentive to stay in Brooklyn naturally spikes. If Garnett decides it’s time to stop, Pierce is bound to be intrigued even more by the scenario that is said to be on his radar already: Reuniting with Doc Rivers in Clipperland in what would also be a homecoming for the Los Angeles native.
via Summer Scoop: Big questions for Nets | Stein Line Live
This surprises no one. After failing to land in Los Angeles this past summer thanks to league restrictions, Pierce, along with Garnett, forced himself to the Nets in order to compete for a championship. Now with that dream squashed by the hands of Lebron James and the Miami Heat, Pierce could ultimately get his chance to flee West.
Pierce fits a need. While Matt Barnes is the superior defender at the small forward position, Pierce adds another scorer and secondary ball-handler to the starting lineup. Joining Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, Pierce’s usage will drop considerably and seeing as his skills have declined over the past year, that may be what’s best for him going forward.
Salary will be an issue. Outside of a trade to dump salary, the Clippers will have little monetary room to work with this summer and Pierce surely won’t take anything near the league minimum just to reunite with the coach who helped lead him to his sole NBA championship.
This is something we’ll keep an eye on this summer.