Washington, DC, United States (4E Sports) – The Washington Wizards signed veteran forward Paul Pierce to a two-year, $11 million contract with player options entering the second year of the deal.
Pierce will serve as a crafty replacement for Trevor Ariza, who joined the Houston Rockets.
Last season with the Brooklyn Nets, Pierce averaged 13.5 points while shooting 37.3% from beyond the arc, with 4.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.
The Nets defeated the Toronto Raptors in a seven game thriller, before falling short 4-1 against the Miami Heat in the second round.
After the series with the Heat, Pierce stated he had still one to two years in the tank, although he was uncertain he would stay with the Nets.
The Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Rockets were among the interested teams in Pierce.
All-star point guard John Wall welcomed Pierce to Washington through Twitter.
“Welcome the truth @paulpierce34 to Dc…#wizkids !!,” Wall posted.
The Wizards reached the second round last season before getting eliminated by the Indiana Pacers.
According to Bleacher Report, Pierce’s minutes may drop next season but will impact the team with his leadership and two-way skills.