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Report: Clippers think they have a genuine chance to land Paul Pierce

Jul 1, 2014, 8:45 AM EDT

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Jason Kidd is gone in Brooklyn.

With him out will Paul Pierce be?

The Clippers are banking on it. The Clips need help at the three (Jared Dudley did not work out as planned last season) and they are targeting Pierce, something reported by multiple outlets. Here is Marc Stein of ESPN for an example.

A reminder of the obvious point, Pierce played for Clippers coach Doc Rivers in Boston and they won a title together. Doc has been big on getting guys that played for him or well against him in the past.

The Clippers don’t need a lot of point production out of the three, they just need someone who can space the floor from three (Pierce hit 37.3 percent from beyond the arc last year) and is enough of an offensive threat that you hesitate to double off him to get to Blake Griffin or Chris Paul. Pierce is still that, even though he will turn 37 before the start of next season. The Clippers are a deep team (and Doc Rivers practices less than any coach in the league) so there wouldn’t be excessive wear and tear on Pierce, his minutes could be limited.

The Clippers were not alone in expressing interest in Pierce on the first night of free agency. Other teams that reportedly reached out to Pierce include the Trail Blazers, Grizzlies, Bulls, Mavericks and Rockets, according to multiple reports.

What about Brooklyn? They apparently want to see what the market is for Pierce then decide if they want to match or beat that offer. The Nets have Pierce’s Bird rights so they can go over the cap to match (well, they are already way over the cap).

What Pierce decides is expected to play a big role in whether Kevin Garnett returns to the Nets next season or decides to hang up his sneakers and leave the game.

  1. jammer73 - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Dude is done. Time to retire. Same with his cohort KG.

    • money2long - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:33 AM

      I’m happy ppl don’t agree with this fool.

  2. 88heatnation - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Would be a great addition to Clips, now you have a go to guy in clutch situations instead of relying on the smallest guy on the court

  3. sportsfan18 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    I agree and can see this.

    The Clippers are very good and Paul would be a great addition to them.

    Obviously the Doc connection.

    Paul has a ring so maybe he’d do this, even though he’d have a good chance at a ring with them, it’s still so difficult getting out of the west and into the finals…

    I do not see the following happening, but it would be great for the team if it did.

    Celtic legend Larry Bird needs to get Celtic legend Paul Pierce to Indiana.

    It looks like Bird and the Pacers are going to go with their starting five again (depends on price for Lance).

    Those young and immature players could really stand a dose of a solid, accomplished, championship winning veteran on that team and in the locker room.

    Again, I don’t see it happening but the Pacers would benefit greatly from having Paul…

  4. gpatrick15 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Its bound to happen. He trusts doc, and he’s from LA. Win win.

    • loungefly74 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      good place to end a career, the clips have title aspirations. dont know what KG would do though?

  5. haaaaasoooooo - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    And…… No one cares

  6. Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Pierce is washed up and a total non-factor. He ought to retire after he robs the Clippers blind and head for the hills in Inglewood afterwards.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      Mr. Wrong.

  7. imakcds - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Pierce was never physically gifted, but excelled with guile..that’s why at his age he can still perform.
    and he would be coming back home, I always hated that an LA product plied his trade (exceptionally!) for the Celtics.

  8. phillyguyindc - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    He really didn’t play that well this season, plus the tempo at which the clips play is way too fast for those old legs.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      How was he supposed to play well? Changed cities for the first time, went to a crowded team, and Jason Kidd was a rookie coach. Hard to thrive amidst all of that.

  9. phaden27 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    This would be a great way to PP to end his career, right in his home town. The only thing better will him signing that one day contract with the Celtics and officially retiring, and then putting that #34 in the rafters.

  10. antistratfordian - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    PP would be great on the Clippers.

  11. mazblast - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    IMO he would be a good fit as a role player (not a full-timer) with the Clippers. He’s been on a winner and has a good relationship with the coach. Just don’t ask him to play 35-40 minutes every night, and don’t make his buddy Garnett part of the deal. KG was a great player in his day, but his day is done.

    Heck, it’s even Pierce’s home town, and LA, the home of monumentally sh**ty TV/movie “acting”, is perfect for someone who routinely plays every little twitch into a “potential season-ending injury”.

  12. bendover09 - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    I would rather the mavs lock up VC over PP

  13. bhunter1995 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Its a good addition but it won’t put them over the top, they need a Center who can score with his back to the basket and who can play defense, and DJ isn’t that. Defense isn’t about swatting a couple shots per game into row 15, I’m talking about real positional defense and shot alteration, the kind of defense that Timmy D and guys like Asik are masters at. Its a tall order but it is what they need. DJ is atrocious at pick and roll defense and he his terrible at rotating defensively with his team, flashy blocks mean nothing, Javale Mcgee for example is a great shot blocker per 36 min he leads the league when healthy but he is a terrible defender, same goes for DJ. They don’t need another perimeter shooter, they need a good big man for the starting 5 spot but it will never happen because DJ sells tickets and judging by stat sheets only you would think that he is a good starting center but they need a guy like Asik, Bogut, or Splitter who can alter shots and work within the team concept.

  14. mutasian - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    come back to l.a. baby

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