Update: Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News tells us Billy King is not negotiating a sign-and-trade for Pierce because the Nets aren't interested in it.
Billy King says Nets are not negotiating with Clippers on a sign & trade for Pierce. He says Clips called but nothing Nets interested in— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) July 3, 2014
It didn't take long for Doc Rivers to start looking at getting the band back together. As the Los Angeles Clippers look for roster upgrades this summer, Rivers is reportedly interested in finding a way to get Paul Pierce on the roster. Even though the Clippers need interior depth, upgrading the small forward position with Pierce could allow them to go smaller more often. While they can offer up the mid-level exception for Pierce, they might be looking for a sign-and-trade.
ESPN.com is reporting the Clippers are looking into a sign-and-trade with the Brooklyn Nets for the services of Pierce. It would help alleviate a logjam at the wing position for the Clippers while bringing Pierce back under the coaching guidance of Rivers like he had in Boston.
The Los Angeles Clippers have engaged in conversations with the Brooklyn Nets to try to construct a sign-and-trade that would reunite small forward Paul Pierce with Doc Rivers, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
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 pursuing 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.
The report says the deal could involve some combination of Matt Barnes, Jared Dudley, and Reggie Bullock. It would allow Pierce to make more than the mid-level exception, but it would be unlikely he'd be close to last season's salary of $15.3 million. It would also leave Kevin Garnett all alone in Brooklyn without a former Boston Celtics' connection, as of right now.
The Clippers rolling out a lineup of Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Pierce, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan would be quite formidable. Pierce struggled at times last season but still managed to have a positive impact on the team, especially in the second half of the season when the Nets commited to small ball. The Clippers badly need depth on the interior, and could finally turn their attention away from wings this offseason and toward adding a backup center and power forward.