Los Angeles Clippers Rumors: Paul Pierce Sign-and-Trade Seems Unlikely
Following a disappointing postseason showing, the Los Angeles Clippers are in dire need of upgrades this offseason. With Doc Rivers at the helm, the team has turned its attention to one of his former stars – Paul Pierce.
However, the Clippers’ early efforts appear to have made little progress on the path to bringing Pierce to Los Angeles. They’ve offered the Nets players such as Matt Barnes, Jared Dudley and Reggie Bullock, but Brooklyn isn’t biting.
Nets not interested in players Clippers proposing (J Dudley, M Barnes, Reggie Bullock) in sign-&-trade for Paul Pierce, source says
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 3, 2014
Broussard also mentioned on Sports Center that an offer including Jamal Crawford might peak the Nets’ interest.
The Clippers already have a logjam at small forward, which is why they’re looking to unload some of those further-down-the-depth-chart players while bringing aboard a proven playmaker like Pierce. They could also choose to use their $5.3 mid-level exception to sign the unrestricted free agent, but would prefer to ship at least one player out in a trade.
If the Clippers can put together an acceptable deal, they’d be adding a tremendous veteran presence to the lineup at a huge position of need. To top it off, his history with Rivers seems to make this a perfect match. However, it’s going to take a deal the Clippers likely aren’t willing to make in order to get Pierce via sign-and-trade.
Pierce only has a season or two left in the tank before he hangs up his sneakers. Spending it with Rivers and the Clippers would seem to be the ideal sendoff for one the greatest NBA players of the last two decades.