SPECULATIONS are rife that Paul Pierce will be joining his former coach Doc Rivers as part of the Los Angeles Clippers in the upcoming season.
The 37-year old Pierce said he definitely looks to be playing in the 2015-16 NBA campaign but it appears it won’t be with his current team, the Washington Wizards, whose $5.5 million player option he declined.
According to CBS Sports, the Clippers are a strong contender as the 17-year veteran’s likely destination, as indicated by many NBA observers.
“The expectation among many in the league remains Pierce will wind up in L.A. with the Clippers,” said NBA.com’s David Aldridge who predicts the small forward will opt out of his contract with the Wizards as soon as free agency officially starts in July.
With “The Truth” seeing his storied career nearing its end, it seems logical that he would reunite with Rivers before he retires. Both won their only championship with the Boston Celtics in 2008. Pierce also attended high school in Inglewood, California and grew up a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Rivers said the Clippers plan to use recently acquired Lance Stephenson (from the Charlotte Hornets in a trade for Matt Barnes) as a utility player off the bench, a possible hint the starting “3” position is reserved for Pierce, who in his stint with the Wizards has proven the ability that he can still nail big shots in the endgame.