Paul Pierce agrees to deal with Wizards

Paul Pierce’s one year with the Nets was an uneven one.
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Paul Pierce’s one year with the Nets was an uneven one.

Paul Pierce is on the move for the second straight summer, this time from Brooklyn to the Washington Wizards.

A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press that Pierce agreed to a two-year contract with the Wizards. The deal is for the mid-level exception, which is about $5.3 million for next season, and includes a player option in the second year of the contract.

Pierce averaged a career-low 13.5 points last season in his first year with the Nets after 15 years with the Boston Celtics. But he will bring some valuable veteran leadership and playoff experience to a young and up-and-coming team.

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ESPN first reported the agreement.

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The Nets needed seven games to get out of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, despite an eye-popping payroll.

Coach Jason Kidd was traded to Milwaukee after reportedly making a power play in Brooklyn, and 38-year-old Kevin Garnett’s future is uncertain.

Washington, which looks to be a team on the upswing, lost a key wing player in Trevor Ariza, who on Saturday agreed to a deal with the Houston Rockets.