Pierce has returned home to play for the Los Angeles Clippers, where he is reuniting with coach Doc Rivers. The 10-time All-Star forward formally signed with the team on Friday after spending last season with Washington, where he averaged 11.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists while starting 73 games. He reportedly agreed to a $10 million, three-year deal after turning down the Wizards.
Pierce starred at nearby Inglewood High before playing three years at Kansas and then being drafted 10th overall in 1998. The 37-year-old forward will spend the final years of his career playing in front of his hometown fans. He has averaged 20.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists during a career that also includes a stint with Brooklyn. Pierce is 16th in NBA scoring with 25,899 points.