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:
ESPN has learned that Pierce will sign a two-year deal with the Wizards at the mid-level exception with a player option entering Year 2
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 13, 2014
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:
Paul Pierce on the what of what now?
— Noam Schiller (@noamschiller) July 13, 2014
— Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN) July 13, 2014
— Ben Bleepin' Gordon (@FmrTankCommandr) July 13, 2014
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.