The dream of Paul Pierce reuniting with former head coach Doc Rivers in Los Angeles seems to be becoming less of a reality as each day passes. Billy King, general manager of the Brooklyn Nets, knows he holds all leverage in this situation as it doesn’t look like Pierce wants to take a heft pay cut in order to head West, and King is taking advantage of that as Woj reports the Nets are asking for a lot of compensation if the two teams look to work out a sign-and-trade.
Unless Clippers are willing to trade JJ Redick or first-round picks to Nets for Paul Pierce, a sign-and-trade is unlikely, sources tell Y
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 5, 2014
Unfortunately for Billy King, no one in their right mind would give up a future first-round pick for Paul Pierce. Well, no one except Billy King would gave up three future 1st round picks for Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry. The package Ramona Shelburne of ESPN stated the two clubs had discussions over, a mixture of Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes, Jared Dudley, and Reggie Bullock, was feasible. Asking for a future 1st rounder (the earliest pick the Clippers can trade is a 2017 1st rounder) or the team’s best shooting guard in J.J. Redick is a pipe-dream.
Paul Pierce is still a good small forward and would immediately improve the Clippers forward situation upon arrival, but the Clippers season isn’t over before it begins if Pierce chooses to not take a pay cut. With Spencer Hawes signed to a four-year deal, the roster is already better than last years version. Add a marginal small forward who can defend and knock down threes and a fourth big man and the roster is set. With or without Pierce this team is a championship contender.
As always, negotiation tactics start at a high point, so it’ll be interesting to see if King wilts on his position if Pierce makes it publicly known that Los Angeles is where he wants to be.