What will the Wizards do if Paul Pierce leaves?
With Paul Pierce's status for next season still unknown, the Washington Wizards may have to start forging contingency plans in case Pierce leaves in free agency.
Pierce owns a player option for the 2015-16 season, but he doesn't have to make his decision until after the NBA Draft and before free agency begins on July 1. That could potentially leave the Wizards in a tough position, with free agency being the only avenue to replace the valuable veteran.
Here's more from Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post:
One thing is almost certain: Otto Porter Jr., who enjoyed a breakout in the playoffs, would start at small forward. But Washington’s depth and scoring would take a hit regardless. Rasual Butler is a 35-year-old free agent. Martell Webster is entering the final guaranteed year of his contract but the 28-year-old was ineffective after his third back surgery in four years. Garrett Temple is a wing option but is better suited as a two-guard and emergency point guard.
Those are all the wing players beyond Porter and Bradley Beal. So the Wizards will have to seek reinforcements through the draft and/or free agency.
(h/t Washington Post)
Photo Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports