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Paul Pierce Rumors: Latest Buzz and Speculation Surrounding Star Guard

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Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJuly 1, 2014

Updates from Saturday, July 12

ESPN's Marc Stein has an update on Pierce's probable destination:

Updates from Monday, July 7

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reported on Paul Pierce's approach to free agency:

Updates from Friday, July 4

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski provides an update on the feasibility of a potential trade involving Paul Pierece to the Clippers:

Updates from Thursday, July 3

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne has an update on Pierce's potential next team:

Rod Boone of Newsday and ESPN's Mike Mazzeo has more on Pierce and the Nets:

Nets GM Billy King spoke about the trade discussions on Thursday according to Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York:

Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King confirmed that the Los Angeles Clippers reached out about a possible sign-and-trade deal for veteran forward Paul Pierce, but that the team was not interested.

 "They made a call and inquired, but there's nothing there at this point that makes sense for us," King said Thursday on ESPN NewYork 98.7 FM's "The Michael Kay Show."

Original Text

The Jason Kidd saga appears to go deeper than just the Brooklyn Nets needing to find a new coach. Players who were inclined to stay with the team because he was leading them apparently no longer have that connection.      

Paul Pierce, who was traded from the Boston Celtics to the Nets last June in a package with Kevin Garnett, is a free agent and is looking for a place to play next season. Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports that Kidd's departure opens the door for a Western Conference power to land the 36-year-old:

The Nets aren't going to let Pierce go without putting their best foot forward. According to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com, the Nets will negotiate with their own free agents but will let the market determine Pierce's value:

The Los Angeles Clippers make sense as a potential landing spot for Pierce. Last year, L.A. tried to acquire Pierce, Garnett and Doc Rivers in a package deal with the Celtics.

The Clippers were able to get Rivers as their head coach from Boston, but Pierce and Garnett were dealt to Brooklyn along with Jason Terry in exchange for Gerald Wallace, MarShon Brooks, Kris Humphries' expiring contract, Keith Bogans, Kris Joseph and first-round draft picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018. 

Pierce is coming off his worst season, at least by points, as a professional. He had a reduced role with Brooklyn, playing just 28 minutes per game and averaging a career-low 13.5 points per game. 

However, the 10-time All-Star had his best shooting percentage (.451) since 2010-11 and shot 37.3 percent from three-point range.

Pierce is no longer capable of being the No. 1 guy on a playoff team, but add him to a franchise like the Clippers, who have arguably the sport's best point guard (Chris Paul) and two dominating inside players (Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan), and suddenly his ability to pop shots from the outside becomes more valuable. 

There is also the built-in trust that Pierce has with Rivers, who coached him in Boston for nine years, and the ability to play for one of the best teams in the NBA hoping to get at least one more championship before hanging up the sneakers. 

 

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