Without some combination of first-round picks and/or Clippers guard J.J. Redick, any sign-and-trade talks involving Paul Pierce and Los Angeles are likely to go “nowhere,” according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Unless Clippers are willing to trade JJ Redick or first-round picks to Nets for Paul Pierce, a sign-and-trade is unlikely, sources tell Y
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 5, 2014
The Clippers engaged the Nets in trade talks surrounding Pierce, but the Nets rebuffed that interest, according to Nets GM Billy King. The original deal reportedly included Jared Dudley, Matt Barnes, and Reggie Bullock.
The Nets can make any offer up to the max for Pierce, either for themselves or in a sign-and-trade. The Clippers can only offer Pierce the mid-level exception, up to a four-year deal starting at $5.3 million. But they may use that exception on Cavaliers center Spencer Hawes, unless they can work out a sign-and-trade for Hawes.
Redick is an underrated defender and one of the league’s best shooters, putting up a 39.5 percent clip from three-point range with the Clippers in 2013-14. He is owed a total of $21 million over the next three seasons, through 2016-17. He’s also a Duke grad, like King.