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Report: Paul Pierce coming back to Clippers for one more season. Probably.


It’s not the money. For a guy that has made $193.5 million over the course of his career, another $3.5 million isn’t going to motivate him.

It’s not minutes or points: The future Hall of Famer averaged a career-low 18.1 minutes and 6.1 points per game last season.

But something is motivating him, because after a summer away from the game Paul Pierce is going to come back to the Clippers. Probably. So reports Dan Woike of Los Angeles Daily News.

Pierce, an 18-season veteran in the NBA, is planning to return to the Los Angeles Clippers for his 19th season in the league according to multiple league sources.

Pierce has wavered with his decision for most of the summer, and another change in plans wouldn’t be shocking.

Pierce has a guaranteed contract for this season, so the ball was in his court: Does it want to come back at age 39 (by the time the season starts). Apparently, he’s leaning yes.

But there is not a lot of run for him. He is best now as a small ball four, and the Clippers start Blake Griffin at that slot and give him a lot of minutes. And there’s a lot of competition.

If Pierce is going to contribute as a small-ball power forward, he’ll be competing for minutes with traditional options like Marreese Speights, Brandon Bass, and first-round pick Brice Johnson.