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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