The Los Angeles Clippers have talked with the Brooklyn Nets about the possibility of constructing a sign-and-trade for unrestricted free agent Paul Pierce, reports Ramona Shelburne and Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com.
According to the report, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has talked with Pierce, whom he coached for nine seasons in Boston.
Los Angeles could sign Pierce, 36, by using a mid-level exception, or could execute a sign-and-trade for Pierce, which would allow him to make more money next season because the Nets hold his Bird rights.
Pierce averaged 13.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists in his first season in Brooklyn. He came to the Nets in a trade last summer with Boston teammates Jason Terry and Kevin Garnett. The Nets sent Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, Keith Bogans and three first round draft picks to Boston in the trade.
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The Clippers likely would include some combination of Jared Dudley, Matt Barnes and last year's first-round pick, Reggie Bullock, according to sources.
Sources say that the Clippers' pieces aren't enough at the moment for the Nets, should Brooklyn opt to go the sign-and-trade route. While nothing is imminent, it's possible a potential trade could expand to more teams as discussions progress.
While the Clippers have interest in Pierce, sources said they continue to try to get involved with superstars Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James and are reluctant to make major moves while there is still a chance at landing the two free agents.