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Ex-Celtic Paul Pierce signs on with Washington Wizards


Longtime Boston Celtics’ great Paul Pierce signed a two-year, $11 million deal with the Washington Wizards early Sunday morning. The future Hall-of-Famer spent 15 seasons with the Green before leaving this past year to join the Brooklyn Nets. He’ll now provide a young, budding squad with upstanding veteran leadership.

Pierce, 36, agreed to terms with Washingtin on a midlevel salary exception which will pay him $5.6 million in the first year of the deal. He’ll have a player option in the second year.

The veteran swingman had been outspoken following the 2013-2014 season saying, he wanted to play another two years before calling it a career. The Wizards granted Pierce that wish after Trevor Ariza skipped town to join the Houston Rockets on a four-year deal worth $32 million.

Pierce, who is a 10-time All-Star, averaged 13.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists this past season under Jason Kidd in Brooklyn.

With talented guards John Wall and Bradley Beal already manning the backcourt, Pierce will continue on in leading them in the right direction. Washington Was highly competitive last season as they made the playoffs. They’ll only continue to improve in 2014-2015.

 

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