Pierce spent 15 seasons with the Boston Celtics before being traded to the Brooklyn Nets, where he averaged 13.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game last season. The 10-time All-Star has stated he is very excited to team up with the young backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal in Washington.
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However, by letting Ariza go to Houston and signing Pierce, the Wizards are able to maintain their flexibility going forward. Pierce's contract expires in the summer of 2016, when Kevin Durant is set to become a free agent. Durant is from the D.C. area and, who knows, maybe he will get the itch to come home like fellow superstar LeBron James did. By not signing Ariza to a long-term deal, Washington keeps this option a possibility.