By winstonharris on July 13, 2014
The Washington Wizards were able to snatch up one of the greatest clutch players in history in Paul Pierce. There are many ways to look at this as a positive for the Wizards, but that's not the case for Pierce himself. This is still a head-scratching decision that causes some to question. Maybe these five reasons why this was a mistake for Pierce can answer those questions.
This deal wasn't as much about gaining a piece that could take the Wizards to the next level, as much as it will help them get the piece they want in the future. It's no secret that Washington is planning to go after Kevin Durant in 2016 and Pierce is just a part of many scenarios to entice the hometown boy back to his stomping grounds, much like Cleveland did with LeBron James.
The Wizards are a growing team with youngsters like John Wall and Bradley Beal at the helm. Their uptempo game is not in the best interest for the older Pierce, who is more of a half-court player. Pierce works best with the ball in his hands, which won't be happening while Beal and Wall are on the court. And with Gortat signing the deal he has, he is going to be expecting some touches as well. Not enough to go around for Pierce.
The mid-level salary exception deal for million over two years is a joke for the caliber of player that is Paul Pierce. The Wizards were ready to splurge to keep Trevor Ariza, but they threw a bone to Pierce and he gladly accepted. Even though Pierce is moving toward the end of his career, he can provide an extensive amount of value to a team in more ways than just scoring.
The original options were the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets. The Washington Wizards were almost a plan D and Pierce settled for them. Great for the Wizards, not so good for Pierce.
It is hard to imagine that Pierce will continue to play past the two years he signed on for in Washington, but this shouldn't be where the Pierce story comes to an end. The future of the Wizards is very uncertain and Pierce deserves better. It would've been great to see Pierce find his way back to the Celtics and make them relevant again. Since LeBron went back to Cleveland, the move back to Boston would've been fitting for the Boston Legend.
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