Paul Pierce isn’t quite done yet with his NBA career. While he’s under contract through the 2017-18 season, the Los Angeles Clippers forward was considering calling it a career after a tough 2015-16 season in which he set career lows in most categories. However, the man who will turn 39 years old before the next season starts has decided to come back for at least one more campaign.
Brad Turner of the LA Times is reporting that Pierce will come back for his 19th NBA season. He’s slated to make $3.5 million in 2016-17.
Pierce signed with the Clippers and his former Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers back in 2015 after a single season with the Washington Wizards. During that season, Pierce was a huge clutch weapon for the Wizards, especially as a small ball 4 for the team. The Clippers were hoping to get that veteran know how and shooting off the bench, but Pierce could never get his body to respond the way he needed it to.
He set career lows in minutes (18.1), shots (5.8), field goal percentage (36.3 percent), 3-pointers made (75), rebounds (2.7), assists (1.0), and points (6.1). The Clippers have re-signed much of their bench and added big men Brandon Bass and Marreese Speights to the second unit. There should be less pressure on Pierce to play big minutes, and hopefully that preserves him for the playoffs.
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