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Paul Pierce joins Wizards on two-year, $10 million deal

Paul Pierce joins Wizards on two-year, $10 million deal

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Paul Pierce is headed to Washington.  (USATSI)
Paul Pierce is headed to Washington. (USATSI)

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The Truth is a Wizard. That's just weird.

Paul Pierce is headed to the Wizards on a two-year deal for the Mid-Level exception as first reported by ESPN.

Pierce himself confirmed the news on Twitter.

Pierce spent just one season with Brooklyn after being traded their during the 2013 Draft along with Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry for multiple first-round draft picks which of course Boston still owns. So that trade was gangbusters for the Nets.

The Wizards were set to be desperate for wing with Trevor Ariza having signed with the Rockets and Martel Webster out for months after back surgery. Pierce gives them a veteran, and I mean veteran presence on the wing and another locker room leader which the Wizards found success with last season.

In Brooklyn, Pierce primarily played small-ball four so it'll be interesting to see if he can readjust to playing small forward. His lateral quickness is two years from being two years from his prime. NBA.com reports it's for the full mid-level exception at $5 million per season with an opt out next summer. Can Pierce handle the load while helping Otto Porter Jr. take a step towards being a rotation player and mentoring Bradley Beal and John Wall?

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