Wednesday July 16th, 2014

Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd approves of the Washington Wizards signing his former player Paul Pierce and thinks Washington will be "one of the top teams in the East" next year, CSN Washington's Ben Standig reports.

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The Wizards brought Pierce in to replace Trevor Ariza, who left for the Houston Rockets. Washington also acquired Kris Humphries in a sign-and-trade deal with the Boston Celtics.

Kidd, who coached Pierce last season with the Brooklyn Nets, said signing the small forward to a two-year, $11 million contract will add valuable championship experience to a team looking to win the Eastern Conference.

“They got a veteran guy who understands what it means to be a professional, comes to work every day and understands what it takes to win championships.”
...“When you talk about work ethic, he comes every day early to do his job. He’s been in a lot of battles, classic championships. He’s going to help these guys understand what it takes to win.”

Kidd left the Nets to coach the Bucks after he was denied more power in the Brooklyn organization.

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- Paul Palladino

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