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Reports: Pierce will play next season, decline Wizards option

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Reports: Pierce will play next season, decline Wizards option

Paul Pierce plans to return next year for his 18th season in the NBA, according to a report. 

Whether he's back in Washington remains to be seen. He could exercise a $5.5 million player option to stay with the Wizards, but the Los Angeles Clippers have emerged as the other frontrunner for his services. 

Pierce has until June 30 to inform Washington if he's picking up the option. Even if he doesn't, the team could still bring him back by negotiating a one-year deal for more money.

The Washington Post first reported his intent to play another year, but where he does that will come down priorities. 

The Clippers aren't in a financial position to outbid or even match the Wizards, so a move would require Pierce to take a substantial pay cut.

On the flip side, Los Angeles seems better equipped to give The Truth one last shot at an NBA title. He would also get to play in his hometown under head coach Doc Rivers, his coach for nine years in Boston.

Rivers and Pierce each have one championship to their names -- won together as Celtics in 2008. 

UPDATE: Both The Washington Post and ESPN.com are reporting that Pierce will not pick up his player option with the Wizards, opting to become a free agent instead. While the move would allow him to leave Washington, he could still sign a new deal to remain with the team. 

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2019 NBA Draft: Lakers take De'Andre Hunter with No. 4, will reportedly trade him to Hawks

2019 NBA Draft: Lakers take De'Andre Hunter with No. 4, will reportedly trade him to Hawks

De'Andre Hunter is a Los Angeles Laker...for now.

The Virginia star and reigning ACC Defensive of the Year was selected by the Lakers with the No. 4 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft Thursday night. However, the Lakers will send that pick to the Pelicans in the agreed-to trade for Anthony Davis, New Orleans in turn reportedly trading it to the Hawks. Thus, Hunter likely ends up in Atlanta. 

If the trade goes through, Hunter will join a talented young Hawks core which already includes Trae Young and John Collins. He would bring a championship pedigree to the team, having just won an NCAA title with UVA this past season.

"Coming off a national championship, there's no better way to try to go into the NBA," Hunter told NBC Sports Washington during an interview for the I Am The Prospect series

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2019 NBA Draft Results: round-by-round picks, updates, live tracker

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2019 NBA Draft Results: round-by-round picks, updates, live tracker

Here are the results from the 2019 NBA Draft, with live updates and analysis on every first and second-round draft pick.

2019 NBA Draft First Round Results

PICK (1): New Orleans Pelicans: Zion Williamson, F, Duke, Profile.

PICK (2): Memphis Grizzlies: Ja Morant, G, Murray State, Profile.

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PICK (4): Atlanta Hawks (via NO): DeAndre Hunter, F, Virginia, Profile. 

PICK (5): Cleveland Cavaliers: Darius Garland, G, Vanderbilt, Profile.

PICK (6): Minnesota Timberwolves (via PHX): Jarrett Culver, G, Texas Tech, Profile.

PICK (7): Chicago Bulls: Coby White, G, North Carolina, Profile.

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