BREAKING: Paul Pierce signs with Washington Wizards

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May 8, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce (34) takes a breather during the second half in game two of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 94-82. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Paul Pierce has signed a two-year deal with the Washington Wizards, thought to be for the Mid-Level Exception, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein:

The move caught many by surprise, as most expected Pierce and Garnett to continue with the Brooklyn Nets following their heralded arrival from Boston less than 12 months ago.

Twitter reacted accordingly:

Pierce reportedly wanted to play alongside John Wall and Bradley Beal, Washington’s two young backcourt stars.

Brooklyn now must watch Pierce leave for nothing in return, having given up first-round picks in 2014, 2016, 2018 and the right to swap in 2017 to the Boston Celtics to land the two veteran stars.

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