Yes, you’re allowed to keep wearing that “what just happened?” face for a bit longer. I sure am. Paul Pierce…signs with the Wizards? Not something that many people can say they saw coming.
The Truth will be signing a two-year, $10+ million contract with Washington using the mid-level exception and with an opt-out after Year One. He’s a nice fit alongside John Wall and Bradley Beal, and pushes the Wizards closer to contender status in the Eastern Conference. At the very least, it plants them solidly in the playoff-near-lock category moving forward.
It’s pretty much a no-lose situation for the Wizards, as it’s not a huge commitment salary or length-wise, and Pierce can obviously still be a net-positive contributer to a playoff team. For Pierce, it’s understandable but still a bit curious and out of left field. It could affect him a bit legacy-wise, going from two teams to three pretty suddenly.
Additionally, Brooklyn looks extra silly for trading a boatload of draft picks for one year of Old Paul Pierce and two years of Old Kevin Garnett. But that certainly isn’t Pierce’s problem, or the Wizards for that matter.
In Wolves-related news, new Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt is claiming that number-one overall pick Andrew Wiggins is “not going anywhere”, even as a piece in any potential Kevin Love trade. It really doesn’t mean very much, as we’ve seen team’s stances do a complete 180-degree turn in an instant if that’s what needs to happen in order to land a superstar-caliber talent.
As has already been mentioned ad nauseum in this space, the Cavs should absolutely trade the chance that Wiggins could be a superstar for the reality that Love actually is one of the best five or six players in the game. Wiggins might be a star, and maybe even a superstar. But it isn’t happening in the next two or three years, by which time LeBron James will be out of his prime.
Why waste LeBron’s remaining superb seasons and good health on hoping that Wiggins could become nearly as good as Love? It seems so obvious that it’s almost painful to see the Cavs screw this up so badly in real time. (It’s almost as dumb as how Golden State is treating the Love situation, too.)
Alas, I would expect the Cavs to cave at some point, probably during the month of August. They may sign Wiggins and wait the required thirty days to deal him, in order to complete some cap maneuvering to acquire the free agents that James is asking for them to bring on board.
We’ll have more free agency and Summer League-related posts throughout the day and week. Enjoy your Sunday.