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Saturday, 20 June 2015 17:25

Paul Pierce to return for 18th season, reportedly deciding between Wizards and Clippers

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Pierce has a player option for this year in Washington, but he may choose to opt out and go back home to LA.

According to the Washington Post, ex-Boston Celtic and clutch-shooting extraordinaire Paul Pierce has decided to return for an 18th NBA season. The 37 year-old veteran has a $5.5 million player option to return to the Washington Wizards, but there are thoughts that he may decide to opt out.

If he chooses to opt out, he can still resign with the Wizards for more money. But there is also talk that he may want to make the move to the West Coast and join the Los Angeles Clippers, which would reunite him with former coach Doc Rivers. 

Pierce, a Los Angeles native, won a championship with Rivers and the Celtics in 2008, and Rivers clearly has had interest in Pierce. He showed interest last offseason, but ended up giving a mid-level exception deal to Spencer Hawes instead. Hawes was traded to the Charlotte Hornets last week along with Matt Barnes. 

The Clippers, who were just a win away from a Western Conference finals trip last year before they imploded, could certainly use an outside shooter of Pierce's caliber. And he clearly showed that he still has the ability to make the big shots when it counts in this past playoff run with the Wizards. 

Both teams have a legitimate shot at a deep playoff run next year. He showed that he was the true veteran leader of last year's Wizards team. But the lure of Rivers, his hometown and possibly a better team in LA could push Pierce towards the Clippers. 

 

Mike Alongi

Mike is the Patriots Content Manager for CLNS Radio. He oversees all coverage of the New England Patriots and hosts the daily Patriots Newsfeed podcast. He also works the switchboard on the CLNS Radio Patriots Post Game Show.

Mike currently works as a sports writer at The Daily Item, and he formerly served as the Sports Editor of The Observer, the award winning college newspaper of Northern Essex Community College. 

Prior to his work at CLNS, Mike was a contributor to the Lowell Sun, where he covered high school, college, and professional sports.

Mike earned his associate degree in Journalism in May 2015 from Northern Essex Community College. He is currently attending Salem State University and will graduate in December 2017 with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

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