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Paul Pierce signs with Wizards

Paul Pierce introsPaul Pierce has chosen to sign a two-year free agent deal with the Washington Wizards.

Pierce will sign for the mid-level exception — a two-year, $10 million deal with an early termination option.

Pierce was a free agent and spent one season in Brooklyn after previously spending his whole career with Boston.

TNT’s David Aldridge reports that Pierce wanted to play with the emerging squad in Washington, led by John Wall and Bradley Beal. The Wizards had a need at small forward after Trevor Ariza chose to return to Houston.

He’s pretty excited about going to DC:


Pierce was also being pursued by the Clippers, but they were unable to swing a deal for the Doc Rivers favorite.

Despite his age, Pierce is still a useful player. He averaged 13.5 points on 45.1 percent shooting in 28 minutes per game last season. He will turn 37 in October.

Paul Pierce blocks Kyle Lowry shot to seal series win (Video)

The Brooklyn Nets nearly blew Game 7 of their opening round playoff series with the Toronto Raptors, but thanks to a defensive stop on the final possession, they will be advancing in the postseason.

The Nets were up 100-93 with 2:03 left, and they were up 101-95 in the final minute, but they blew that and allowed Toronto to make it a 1-point game. After a layup and steal by Terrence Ross, they had a chance to take the lead with six seconds left. They gave the ball to Kyle Lowry, but he was off-balanced much of the time and even triple-teamed. By the time he went up, he was met by Paul Pierce who was waiting under the basket and blocked the shot.

It looked like Pierce got all ball on the block. What did you think?

Paul Pierce block Kyle Lowry

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett tribute videos may make you cry

If you thought the introductions for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett’s first game back in Boston were moving, wait til you see these videos.

Early in the Brooklyn Nets-Boston Celtics game on Sunday night at TD Garden, the Celtics played video tributes to Pierce and KG on the jumbotron. The videos were powerful and brought back all the great memories each produced with the team. For Pierce, it was 15 seasons of memories, beginning with the night David Stern announced that he had been picked by the Celtics in the draft. For Garnett, it was six seasons of memories, with the peak being the championship he won with Pierce and Ray Allen in 2008.

The videos were so moving, they left Paul Pierce in tears and Garnett giving a tip of the cap to the fans:

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Kevin Garnett tips cap

Garnett doesn’t usually show that type of positive emotion, so you know he was seriously impacted by the video.

Paul Pierce ejected for clotheslining George Hill (Video)

Paul Pierce was either really frustrated during the third quarter of Monday’s Brooklyn Nets-Indiana Pacers game, or he was trying to make a tribute to ’80s basketball, because he committed a pretty dirty play that led to his ejection.

George Hill was running in transition after getting a steal with his Pacers up 66-47. Pierce wasn’t about to let Hill get an easy layup or dunk to finish the play, so the veteran clotheslined him. Pierce was charged with a flagrant 2 foul, which calls for an automatic ejection. I’m surprised he didn’t bounce Hill off the turnbuckle first.

Pierce’s night to that point might explain his actions; he was 0-for-7 and finished with zero points in 15 minutes. Yikes. And then of course he acted innocent and wondered why he was ejected. C’mon, man.

Paul Pierce George Hill

Video via The Point Forward

Doc Rivers defends Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett against LeBron James criticism

Paul-Pierce-Doc-Rivers-Kevin-GarnettLeBron James created somewhat of a preseason trash talking war last week when he basically accused Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett of being hypocrites. Garnett and Pierce were both open in expressing their disappointment with Ray Allen for choosing to sign with the Miami Heat. LeBron felt that KG and Pierce did the same thing by going to the Brooklyn Nets. Doc Rivers does not see it that way.

Unlike Allen, Pierce and Garnett were traded. Rivers pointed that out on Thursday when asked about LeBron’s criticism toward his former players.

“Paul and Kevin were traded,” Rivers said on ESPN Radio in Miami, via the NY Daily News. “They were traded. Paul was traded whether he wanted to be or not. Kevin was the only one who had to agree to be traded even though he had already been traded. He had to agree to the trade. That’s completely different.”

[Related: Kevin Garnett tells LeBron James to worry about his own team]

It makes sense that Doc would defend his former stars. Had it not been for the certainty that Rivers was going to leave Boston for greener (well, not literally) pastures, there was a chance the Celtics would have tried to keep their core together for one last run.

“You could make more of a case for me leaving than Paul and Kevin,” Rivers added.

We get why LeBron said what he did. He was trying to stick up for his teammate, although the issue is kind of a dead one at this point and didn’t really need to be addressed. As we have heard so many times in the past, it’s all part of the business side of the game.

Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett conveniently placed next to erectile dysfunction ad

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The Brooklyn Nets know Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are getting old, but they are hoping the veterans can provide enough of a spark to lead another NBA title run. Pierce is 36 and Garnett is 37. Both players are old for the game of basketball, although they are still fairly young men in everyday society. Apparently the NY Daily News feels Pierce and KG are old enough to be associated with the little blue pill.

Fine, so it’s probably a coincidence that the NY Daily News ran an advertisement about erectile dysfunction below a picture of two of Brooklyn’s new additions on Thursday. It’s still hilarious.

Photo via Deadspin

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade basically call Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce hypocrites

Paul Pierce Kevin GarnettKevin Garnett was not shy about expressing his displeasure with Ray Allen when Allen chose to sign with the Miami Heat over the Boston Celtics last year. Allen pursued what he felt was the best situation for his family and best chance to win, and he ended up looking pretty wise when the Heat won their second straight NBA title.

When Allen first left, KG said that he lost Allen’s phone number and hadn’t spoken to his teammate. Then when Ray checked into his first game as a member of the Heat against the Celtics, Garnett refused to give him the time of day. Now that both Garnett and Paul Pierce have accepted a trade to the Brooklyn Nets, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade think they’re hypocrites for being so hard on Allen.

“I think the first thing I thought was, ‘Wow, Ray got killed for leaving Boston, and now these guys are leaving Boston,’” LeBron told ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst. “I think it’s OK; I didn’t mind it. But there were a couple guys who basically [expletive] on Ray for leaving, and now they’re leaving.

“That’s the nature of our business, man. I don’t know what Boston was going through at the end of the day. I know Ray had to make the best decision for him and his family and his career. Doc, KG and Paul did that as well. You can’t criticize someone who does something that’s best for their family.”

Wade agreed.

“People say things about people when they do something when they themselves would do the same thing,” he said. “It’s about putting yourself in the best situation, and at the end of the day, we all do that. You can’t really say anything about someone that does it for themselves.”

LeBron certainly knows all about leaving for a better situation, as this urinal cake reminded us. The difference — in Garnett’s mind at least — was that Boston still had a chance to make a title run with Allen last season. They nearly beat the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals the year before, so KG and Pierce were hoping Allen would join them for one final go at it. This year, Boston had virtually no chance of winning with or without the remaining pieces of The Big Three.

There is something to be said for loyalty, but there’s also a reason contracts expire. If players want to play elsewhere, that’s their prerogative. Not every change of scenery has to be viewed as betrayal.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk