Report: Pierce agrees to three-year deal with Clippers


BOSTON – It’s reunion time for Paul Pierce, but not the kind that some Boston Celtics fans were hoping for.

Pierce, a 17-year veteran who spent his first 15 seasons in the NBA playing for the Celtics, is taking his talents out West to play for the Los Angeles Clippers.

A native of Inglewood, Calif., Pierce is also reunited with former Celtics head coach Doc Rivers after reportedly agreeing to a three-year deal worth about $10 million with the third year a team option.

Talk of a reunion between Pierce and Rivers has been rumored ever since the two went separate ways in 2013.

Pierce, along with Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry, were traded to the Brooklyn Nets for a handful of role players, three first round picks.

After one season in Brooklyn, Pierce became a free agent and signed with the Washington Wizards.

They advanced to the second round of the playoffs before losing to Cleveland.

Still, Pierce showed that he still could deliver some late-game heroics in the series and maybe just as important, proving he still could be a significant contributor to a highly successful team.

Joining the Clippers provides the Los Angeles with another player who can deliver in the game’s most tense moments.

And maybe just as important, it gives Los Angeles increased hope that they may have the final piece that gives them that what they need to bring home the franchise’s first NBA title.

Of course, defending champion Golden State will have something to say about that as well as perennial title contender San Antonio, Memphis and Houston.

Pierce’s decision does nothing for the Celtics in terms of free agency. 

But it does serve as a reminder that it's unlikely Pierce is returning to the Garden other than as an opponent or the night his jersey gets retired .

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