Late Saturday, the greatest Boston Celtic of the last twenty years, Paul Pierce, signed with the Washington Wizards, first reported by ESPN.com.
Pierce’s contract with the Wiz is for 2 years at roughly $11 million.
With the Houston Rockets signing Trevor Ariza away from Washington, the Wiz badly needed to fill the veteran leadership left behind by his departure.
Pierce, who will be 37 years old when the season starts, brings a championship pedigree to an up and coming Wizards team.
The Wizards won their first playoff series since 2005 this past April, and are hoping to ride that momentum to the Conference Finals in the very weak East.
Unfortunately, for Celtics’ fans, the Pierce signing ends any speculation that “The Truth” would be returning to Boston to play out the final days of his Hall of Fame career.
The chances of Pierce coming back to Boston were very slim, especially since the team has failed to successfully lure veteran help through trades or free agent signings. To be honest, there was probably a better chance of Kelly Olynyk going to the barber to get a high-fade or Danny Ainge drinking an adult beverage (Thats a Morman joke) than there was of Pierce returning to Beantown this season
So I, along with many C’s fans, officially adopt the Wizards as my second favorite NBA team. Only a 9 hour car ride separates me from watching the DC area fall in love with Paul Pierce.
I fully expect to see a few Pierce Wizards’ jerseys floating around Kenmore Square and in Downtown Boston within the next few weeks.