NBA Rumors: Paul Pierce
The Los Angeles Clippers are reportedly in talks with the Brooklyn Nets to try to complete a trade that would reunite small forward Paul Pierce with his former coach Doc Rivers.
ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Ohm Youngmisuk have details:
Rivers, the Clippers’ president and coach, has had several conversations with Pierce since he became a free agent July 1.
And while the Clippers could simply sign Pierce as a free agent using their midlevel exception at $5.3 million, they are interested in sign-and-trade scenarios that would allow Brooklyn to get something in return for the 10-time All-Star and because the Clippers already have so many small forwards.
Because Brooklyn holds his Bird rights, a sign-and-trade also would allow Pierce — who made $15.3 million last season — to sign for more than the midlevel exception.
Pierce played for Doc Rivers in Boston.