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Paul Pierce to Sign with Clippers for 3 Years, $10.6 Million

In this Oct. 16, 2014, photo, Washington Wizards NBA basketball player Paul Pierce is interviewed at the Verizon Center in Washington. When Pierce watched the Wizards in last season's playoffs, he saw plenty of talent and potential. He also saw some issues. They needed something. Turns out, Pierce thought they needed ... him. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
In this Oct. 16, 2014, photo, Washington Wizards NBA basketball player Paul Pierce is interviewed at the Verizon Center in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

 

(ESPN) – Paul Pierce will join his hometown Los Angeles Clippers after agreeing to a three-year, $10.6 million deal, sources told ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein on Wednesday.

The Clippers only had their taxpayer minimum to offer him, and that was enough to lure him from the Washington Wizards, with whom he proved to be every bit the veteran leader they had hoped in the postseason.

The deal will reunite Pierce with coach Doc Rivers, with whom he won the 2008 NBA title while with the Boston Celtics.

Rivers coached Pierce for nine seasons in Boston, where the veteran forward spent the first 15 years of his career.

Pierce went to high school in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood — and playing for Rivers again was apparently too strong to ignore.

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