Pierce signs contract with Wizards
Paul Pierce is officially headed to his third team in three years, signing a contract Thursday with the Washington Wizards.
The Wizards did not disclose details of the deal, but The Washington Post reported it is for two years and a full mid-level exception of $10.8 million.
The 10-time NBA All-Star, 36, played in 75 games for the Nets last season and averaged 13.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists.
The Wizards hired David Adkins, a longtime high school basketball assistant who once worked with Kevin Durant, as a player development assistant, according to The Washington Post.
Adkins will fill the void on the staff created when Ryan Saunders left to join his father, Flip, with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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The Toronto Raptors officially announced free-agent forward James Johnson has re-signed. Financial terms of the two-year deal were not disclosed, but the deal is reportedly worth $5 million. Guard Greivis Vasquez also signed a two-year contract reportedly worth $13 million.
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NBA legend Bill Russell was expected to return to his home in the Seattle area on Thursday after collapsing during a speech in Lake Tahoe, Nevada earlier in the day.
The 80-year-old Russell was removed on a stretcher from an event after feeling faint but never lost consciousness and was taken to a local hospital, according to information released by the Celtics. Russell, a Hall of Fame center and popular speaker, was reported to be feeling better after the scare and planned to fly out of Lake Tahoe on Thursday evening.
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Restricted free agent guard Eric Bledsoe is drawing interest from multiple teams ready to sign the explosive two-way player as negotiations with the Phoenix Suns deteriorate.
Bledsoe and the Suns are reportedly far apart in contract talks.
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Forward Glen Davis signed a one-year, $1.23 million deal to return to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Davis joined the Clippers last season in February after being released by the Orlando Magic, reuniting with coach Doc Rivers, with whom Davis worked as members of the Boston Celtics. (Editing by Gene Cherry)