Paul Pierce/Photo courtesy of Washington Wizards, NBA.com
The Los Angeles Clippers and small forward Paul Pierce have come to terms on a 3-year deal that will pay him nearly $10, YahooSports.com has reported.
The 6-foot-7 Pierce, who will be 38 when the 2015-16 season begins, has been in the NBA for 17 years. The Inglewood High alum has a career scoring average of 20.7 and a career rebounding average of 5.8.
Pierce played the first 15 years of his career with the Boston Celtics before moving first to Brooklyn and then to Washington this past season. He was coached by current Clippers head coach Doc Rivers in Boston.
Matt Barnes/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
Doc Rivers on Friday night did not hesitate when he was asked about the importance of starting small forward Matt Barnes. Barnes recently missed a total of four games because of a sore hamstring and though the Clippers went 3-1 in them, Rivers apparently would not want to be without him for very long.
“Matt is huge for us,” Rivers said following his team’s 113-99 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday at Staples Center. “He’s just an important player for us. The stats don’t say it. He had eight points, but he made some huge plays for us. Even early, (Washington’s) Paul Pierce makes a 3, I think it was the second shot of the game, and then Matt comes down and makes a 3 on top of him. Those little plays are big plays and that‟s what Matt has been doing for us all year.”
Barnes shot just 3 of 10 Friday. He also had two blocks and four rebounds.
Barnes, who turned 35 on March 9, is averaging 10.0 points and 3.9 rebounds and is shooting 45.5 percent from the field, 38 percent from 3-point range (112 of 295).
Paul Pierce/photo courtesy of Brooklyn Nets
It’s been no secret that the Clippers are interested in small forward Paul Pierce of the Brooklyn Nets. That has been reported by this and other outlets. But Wednesday, ESPN.com reported that the Clippers are actually involved in talks for a sign-and-trade deal with the Nets. This, the report said, was “according to sources with knowledge of the situation.”
If the deal takes place, it would reunite Pierce with Rivers, who were player and coach at Boston.
The story suggested any accord would likely include a combination of Clippers Jared Dudley, Matt Barnes and Reggie Bullock.
Pierce, 36, attended Inglewood High and Kansas. He played for Boston the first 15 years of his pro career before toiling for Brooklyn this past season. The 6-foot-6, 230-pounder has a career scoring average of 21.3. However, he averaged a career-low 13.5 in 2013-14.