When Doc Rivers was in the process of moving from the Boston Celtics to the Los Angeles Clippers last year, there were several rumors that he could be bringing a pair of future Hall-of-Famers, big man Kevin Garnett and swingman Paul Pierce with him.
Rivers obviously wound up taking the job, but they could not complete a deal to bring Garnett and Pierce with him. Instead, the two, along with guard Jason Terry were dealt to the Brooklyn Nets. There has been talk that Garnett, who has one more year on his deal worth $12 million, would retire, but he plans on returning to the Nets next season. Pierce has given no indication he is set to retire, but may be moving on from the Nets especially now that Jason Kidd has left to coach the Milwaukee Bucks. In fact, Pierce could be eyeing a reunion with Rivers.
According to Dan Woike of The Orange County Register and The Los Angeles Register, Pierce is among the free agents the Clippers are pursuing.
Early FA watchlist for #Clippers — LeBron, Melo, Paul Pierce, Trevor Ariza, Darren Collison and Glen “Big Baby” Davis among others
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) July 1, 2014
Pierce averaged 13.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game while shooting 45.1% from the field, 37.3% from the three and 82.6% from the free throw line this season. Pierce was originally drafted by the Celtics with the 10th-overall pick in the first round of the 1998 NBA Draft. In his career, he has averaged 21.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game while shooting 44.7% from the floor, 37.0% from beyond the arc and 80.7% from the charity stripe.