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(SB Nation)   Paul Pierce agrees to a 2-year, $11 million deal with the Wizards after holding out for best handicapped parking spot   (sbnation.com) divider line 23
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2014-07-13 01:36:08 AM  
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2014-07-13 09:23:51 AM  
Chasing another ring, obviously
 
2014-07-13 09:47:07 AM  
Kinda shocked he didn't go to the Clippers...
 
2014-07-13 10:07:52 AM  

Fark You Buddy: Kinda shocked he didn't go to the Clippers...


That was out the door once they signed Hawes with their MLE. Only way Pierce was gonna get there was through trade and that wasn't happening. He'll probably sign there for the vets minimum after this deal is up with the Wizards.
 
2014-07-13 10:35:03 AM  
He's just taking another stab at a playoff run.
 
2014-07-13 10:58:41 AM  

Jack Lambert's Missing Teeth: He's just taking another stab at a playoff run.


Huh.  Didn't realize my Fark Sports Tab All-Stars FFB team had its own handle.

\2013 Champs
\\and your handle, fwiw, predates the team by a month or so
 
2014-07-13 10:58:48 AM  
He was a wizard against the Raptors this year.

He may not have the best mobility but he has the Force.
 
2014-07-13 11:02:01 AM  
I like it.  Shoot more, Paul.  Be ready for the kick-out when Wall drives.

I know you're reading this.
 
2014-07-13 11:10:40 AM  
I would rather have us saving up money for a run at Durant next year.

LeBron went back home, so it is not an impossible dream.
 
2014-07-13 11:20:05 AM  

CipollinaFan: I would rather have us saving up money for a run at Durant next year.

LeBron went back home, so it is not an impossible dream.


Why does every team on the planet seem to think Durant won't simply resign with OKC?
 
2014-07-13 11:24:36 AM  

Lost Thought 00: CipollinaFan: I would rather have us saving up money for a run at Durant next year.

LeBron went back home, so it is not an impossible dream.

Why does every team on the planet seem to think Durant won't simply resign with OKC?


I think he is going to test the market and see what his options are. There are only so many chances an athlete gets to cash in on a big contract.

He may go back to OKC but I think there is just as good of a chance for him to go back home to DC if the Wizards could offer him a max contract.
 
2014-07-13 11:34:19 AM  

CipollinaFan: I would rather have us saving up money for a run at Durant next year.

LeBron went back home, so it is not an impossible dream.


At most this deal ends the year Durant becomes a FA. I would think the possibility of sustained success over the next two years (building on what they did this year) would make the team more attractive to KD. Add to that the Wiz needed to do something when they lost Ariza and I like this move.
 
2014-07-13 12:04:10 PM  

Lost Thought 00: Why does every team on the planet seem to think Durant won't simply resign with OKC?


For whatever goddamn reason (blind loyalty, I guess), Durant seems to really like Scott Brooks. If OKC flames out in the playoffs yet again next year, and ownership decides to can him, I think the needle moves to "slight chance" that Durant goes elsewhere.
 
2014-07-13 12:56:51 PM  
Pretty good landing spot for Pierce. Will get a lot of Ariza's corner threes and pick and rolls. Wizards also need a clutch player while waiting for Wall and Beal to develop end-of-game skills. They had a lot of "dirty pants" moments, in the words of Marcin Gortat. Rather pay Pierce 2 for 11 than Ariza's 4 for 32. He will love playing with John Wall.

Wiz have to hope Otto Porter develops into the defender they had hoped, but overall I really like this move. Provides a good vet, while allotting more time to Porter. Offseason has shaped up decently for the Wiz. They are right there at the top of the second tier in the East, behind Cleveland and Indiana, and really have a reasonable chance against either team.

I will believe Durant to DC when I see it. Nothing in this franchise's history suggests it could have that fall into its lap.
 
2014-07-13 01:27:53 PM  

Killer Cars: Lost Thought 00: Why does every team on the planet seem to think Durant won't simply resign with OKC?

For whatever goddamn reason (blind loyalty, I guess), Durant seems to really like Scott Brooks. If OKC flames out in the playoffs yet again next year, and ownership decides to can him, I think the needle moves to "slight chance" that Durant goes elsewhere.


This.

KD speaks highly of Rick Barnes & Barnes is a horrible coach.
 
2014-07-13 01:58:39 PM  

CipollinaFan: Lost Thought 00: CipollinaFan: I would rather have us saving up money for a run at Durant next year.

LeBron went back home, so it is not an impossible dream.

Why does every team on the planet seem to think Durant won't simply resign with OKC?

I think he is going to test the market and see what his options are. There are only so many chances an athlete gets to cash in on a big contract.

He may go back to OKC but I think there is just as good of a chance for him to go back home to DC if the Wizards could offer him a max contract.


No team can offer more money than OKC. If it's money it's OKC. If it's rings and fame, he can come to Philly
 
2014-07-13 03:03:57 PM  

Paduke: Pretty good landing spot for Pierce. Will get a lot of Ariza's corner threes and pick and rolls. Wizards also need a clutch player while waiting for Wall and Beal to develop end-of-game skills. They had a lot of "dirty pants" moments, in the words of Marcin Gortat. Rather pay Pierce 2 for 11 than Ariza's 4 for 32. He will love playing with John Wall.

Wiz have to hope Otto Porter develops into the defender they had hoped, but overall I really like this move. Provides a good vet, while allotting more time to Porter. Offseason has shaped up decently for the Wiz. They are right there at the top of the second tier in the East, behind Cleveland and Indiana, and really have a reasonable chance against either team.

I will believe Durant to DC when I see it. Nothing in this franchise's history suggests it could have that fall into its lap.


The beautiful thing is that if they choose to utilize him in stretches at the 4 in a small ball lineup, Otto isnt necessarily chained to the bench. He was very effective in that role with the Nets. The fact that he's a 25 to 28 MPG guy means Otto will still have a largely defined role on this squad going forward. This is actually perfect for his development along with Wall and Beal.

While KD is a pipe dream, getting a guy like Pierce to come in while even at an advanced age is a name that adds legitimacy to DC in the FA market and with the drooling sportscenter crowd that needs to hear names they've always known to enjoy sports. If he helps him grow it could lead to a big name signing, doesn't have to be KD.

Surprised there's never been a bigger Love to DC campaign. I know he's a west coast guy but his dad was a Bullet back in the day. Figured the fanbase would push that angle a little more.
 
2014-07-13 05:46:29 PM  

MugzyBrown: I think he is going to test the market and see what his options are. There are only so many chances an athlete gets to cash in on a big contract.

He may go back to OKC but I think there is just as good of a chance for him to go back home to DC if the Wizards could offer him a max contract.


No team can offer more money than OKC. If it's money it's OKC. If it's rings and fame, he can come to Philly


lawl
 
2014-07-13 09:38:04 PM  
Hate to say it, but they could contend for the conference. The East sucks balls. Pacers, Bulls, then it's a crapshoot.
 
2014-07-14 12:19:19 AM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Hate to say it, but they could contend for the conference. The East sucks balls. Pacers, Bulls, then it's a crapshoot.


1) The Bulls are incredibly overrated.  They wouldn't make the playoffs in the western conference. I'm not going to put them in the suck balls category, but they aren't going anywhere trying to compensate for Rose's contract. The Bulls aren't leaps and bounds ahead of anyone but the eastern lottery teams. Noah is fantastic. Love is too. Look at where MN has been in the west.

2) You aren't seeing Lebron in the Eastern Finals? Unless another Indiana steps up, I don't see many teams that can stop him. He wasn't exactly working with a loaded roster in Miami.
 
2014-07-14 09:23:06 AM  
Are we forgetting the Wiz beat the Bulls in the playoffs last year?  And the Wiz took Indiana to 6 games after crushing them in game 1, losing a close game 2 and blowing a huge lead in game 4?  The Wiz could easily have been up 3 games to 1 in that series, and probably should have.  Easily.  But their inexperience and emotions cost them.

Pierce should be an upgrade over Ariza on top of that.  Wizards are contenders in the East for sure.
 
2014-07-14 10:23:17 AM  
I really don't get that one.  Wizards are building on youth and strong defense.  They don't even need a sniper as they have Bradley Beale to do that.  What in the world does Pierce get them except a waste of a roster spot and a few million $?  They'd be better off trying to pick up just about anyone else that fits their model.
 
2014-07-14 01:25:59 PM  

cefm: I really don't get that one.  Wizards are building on youth and strong defense.  They don't even need a sniper as they have Bradley Beale to do that.  What in the world does Pierce get them except a waste of a roster spot and a few million $?  They'd be better off trying to pick up just about anyone else that fits their model.


Their bench contains Andre Miller, Drew Gooden, Al Harrington, and soon to be a man who literallly has no ACLs in DeJuan Blair. Their starting 5 relies on youth and strong defense, and there's a good chance Otto Porter will be providing plenty of both this season. The bench however is known as the AARP Unit and it just got a hell of a lot stronger and more versatile. Pierce learned to play the 4 last season and performed admirably. He's there to teach the kids how to close out. He's still one of the best 4th quarter shooters in the game.
 
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