Report: Paul Pierce signs with Wizards

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Well, I didn't see this coming.

According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, former Celtic and ten-time NBA All-Star, Paul Pierce, agreed to a two-year*, $11 million deal with the Washington Wizards late Saturday night.

Although they weren't his first choice -- he had hoped to either re-sign with the Brooklyn Nets or reunite with Doc Rivers in Los Angeles -- sources tell NBA.com's David Aldridge that after taking a closer look at the Wizard's current makeup, The Truth concluded that "they're a pretty good team."

With Pierce moving on, one has to wonder what the move will mean for teammate and close friend Kevin Garnett. Garnett was clearly not himself last year and it seems as though he's just about at his wit's end. However, there have been reports stating that KG was planning to put off retirement at least one more year to play out the remainder of his contract with the Nets next season. Now, we can't be so sure.

Regardless, Pierce will join a very talented Wizards roster that nearly punched a ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals this past season. A starting lineup of John Wall, Bradley Beal, Pierce, Nene, and Marcin Gortat is a scary one and the Wizards have to be thrilled that former number three overall pick, Otto Porter, will get a chance to learn from a true champion.

* - Player option after year one.

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