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What will the Wizards do if Paul Pierce leaves?
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What will the Wizards do if Paul Pierce leaves?

Published Jun. 19, 2015 5:28 p.m. ET

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.  

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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)

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