Paul Pierce’s stay in Brooklyn will only last one season.
According to a report from Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the former Celtic small forward is headed to the Washington Wizards.
Sources close to the process told ESPN.com on Saturday that Pierce has committed to sign a two-year, $11 million deal with the Wizards, who moved swiftly to find a title-tested replacement for Trevor Ariza after Ariza struck an agreement earlier in the day to join the Houston Rockets. The contract, sources said, has a player option after this season that will allow Pierce, 36, to return to free agency next summer if he chooses.
Pierce hinted at his new home with a tweet Sunday morning.
Obama , J Wall here I come
— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) July 13, 2014
The move breaks up the partnership of Kevin Garnett and Pierce, as Garnett remains under contract with the Nets for one more season.
Will Garnett play another season for Brooklyn with Pierce out of the picture? Early indications say yes.
League sources say Pierce moving on will not impact Kevin Garnett’s decision to return for a 20th NBA season. Nets expect him back.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) July 13, 2014
Washington may seem like a bizarre fit for Pierce, but they have a starting spot available at small forward and are an emerging team in the wide-open Eastern Conference. It will surely be strange for Celtics fans to see Pierce in a Wizards jersey, but Washington could end up being a wise landing spot for the veteran small forward.
In the meantime, with Pierce’s departure from Brooklyn coming after just one season, Boston’s trade with the Nets from last summer looks even more lopsided than ever. You can read more about that here.