May 8, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce (34) takes a breather during the second half in game two of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 94-82. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Wizards, Paul Pierce sign a two-year deal

The biggest surprise of NBA Free Agency might have occurred on Saturday night when ESPN’s Marc Stein broke the news that Paul Pierce was signing a two-year deal with the Washington Wizards.

The Wizards lost Trevor Ariza early in the day when he signed with the Houston Rockets, and needed to replace him and acted swiftly to lock up Pierce.

It is a shocking deal, Pierce seemed set on going to the Los Angeles Clippers to rejoin former coach Doc Rivers and instead has elected to go to a Washington team that made the playoffs in 2014, even making it to the second round before being eliminated by the Indiana Pacers in six games.

If the Wizards can play like they did last year, they could make a run in an Eastern Conference that has some seen a bit of shifting with LeBron James returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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