Let’s start with Boston’s former captain Paul Pierce who took the league by surprise upon agreeing to terms with the Washington Wizards over the weekend. A few important items of note from the move.
1. The Nets reportedly didn’t make Pierce an offer, as they seem inclined to cut payroll this year, rather than add to an absurd luxury tax bill.With the Clippers also having used their midlevel exception already on Spencer Hawes, Pierce’s market for competitive teams was apparently limited. In Washington, he found a team that will be competitive in the revamped East and had a starting spot available. By achieving those goals he appeared to find a home.
2. What does this mean for KG? Not much apparently:
League sources say Pierce moving on will not impact Kevin Garnett’s decision to return for a 20th NBA season. Nets expect him back.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) July 13, 2014
We’ll stay tuned to see what the Nets have in store for the rest of their offseason, but the Celtics’ first round draft picks from Brooklyn look better by the day.
We also found out the Celtics were considering another trade last week.
I did some analysis of the revelation over at Boston.com:
Danny Ainge considered dealing away power forward Brandon Bass, according to a tidbit from Zach Lowe of Grantland in a column he penned about James.
James held up NBA business for 11 days while he decided his future. Teams were angry. Some had assets that evaporated during the wait, including the Warriors, who considered Brandon Bass and other names in exchange for a trade exception that expired (Thursday) at midnight.
A couple important things we can gather from Lowe’s report. First, we did receive any details about the potential swap but it’s safe to make a couple assumptions. The Warriors are a contending team so their preference probably wasn’t going to give up anything of value on their current roster for Bass. They have a couple young players on the roster (Festus Ezeli, Nemanja Nedovic) that each earn short money that may have interested a rebuilding Boston team.
The Celtics also may have been looking for yet another first round pick from Golden State. The Warriors dealt their 2014 and 2017 first round picks to Utah last year, but Boston could have asked for a 2015 first round pick in the exchange.
You can check out full analysis of what the potential move could mean for the future of Bass over at Boston.com