LA Clippers rumors have Paul Pierce agreeing to a three-year contract. Pierce could start for the Clippers in the 2015-16 NBA season at small forward, giving the team a good offensive weapon and veteran presence on the roster. That’s a big deal for a franchise that has had trouble getting far in the Western Conference Playoffs. A report from NBC Sports on Wednesday (July 1) indicates that the deal is for $10 million over those three years.
This is a huge signing for the Clippers, as it gives the team that outside shooting it had lacked in the postseason. It also puts Pierce back under coach Doc Rivers, who helped lead the Boston Celtics to an NBA title before the Miami Heat took over the Eastern Conference. The Celtics actually planned on pursuing Pierce for a short-term deal during the NBA offseason, but it appears that he wanted to go chase a title with the Clippers instead.
Last season, Paul Pierce was with the Washington Wizards, where he started 73 games and averaged 11.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game. He will be 38 during the 2015-16 NBA season, but still has decent shooting percentages that could help out his new team. While there were other Los Angeles Clippers rumors about the team trying to acquire another offensive weapon, netting Pierce may have been the obvious solution for the team.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Clippers starting center DeAndre Jordan is a free agent this offseason. He has been meeting with various teams around the league, some of which have guaranteed him a bigger role on offense. The New York Knicks even stated that they would make him the No. 2 option behind Carmelo Anthony. That’s a huge deal, because with the signing of Paul Pierce, the Clippers would likely bump Jordan to the fourth option on offense (behind Chris Paul and Blake Griffin as well).
By signing Pierce, the team has taken a big risk on an aging superstar, but it could all be worth it if the team can finally make its way to the NBA Finals. If DeAndre Jordan winds up signing with another team, fans should expect more LA Clippers rumors about what the team is going to do at center. The lack of size could be an issue, likely predicting that a smaller signing or trade could be in the works as well.
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