While the Los Angeles Lakers probably won’t sign any big name free agents this summer, there’s a possibility that they could ink some veteran players to short-term contracts.
One player who could have interest in joining the purple and gold is Paul Pierce, according to Marc Stein from ESPN.
Pierce will be a free agent this summer, and if Kevin Garnett ends up retiring, Stein notes that the one-time NBA champion will likely look to move on from his one year stint in Brooklyn and could be interested in returning home to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers.
However, while Pierce grew up as a Laker fan and used to sneak into the Forum to watch the Lake Show in action, it would probably make more sense for the 36-year-old to team up with his old coach Doc Rivers and be a role player on a contending team with the Clippers.
On the other hand, there’s always the chance of Pierce re-signing with the Boston Celtics and ending his career in the city where it all started.
Still, while many Laker fans despise Pierce, signing the veteran small forward to a low salary deal could make sense if Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss intend to throw together a team stacked with short-term deals with the aim of making the playoffs next season while preserving cap space for the free agency class of 2015 and beyond.