Well, this is just straight up weird.

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Paul Pierce has agreed to a two-year deal with the Washington Wizards for the Mid-Level Exception. The deal should pay Pierce around $5 million per season, even though it was reported that Pierce was looking for $9-10 million per year. After losing Trevor Ariza to Houston, the Wizards wasted no time in finding their replacement.

This comes on the heels of No. 3 overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, Otto Porter, scoring 25 points on 11-of-16 shooting. Otto Porter was looking as the Trevor Ariza replacement in Washington, but it appears that Porter will have to be under the tutelage of Paul Pierce for at least one season. Pierce’s contract includes a player option in the second season.

Signing Paul Pierce is an amazing pickup for the Wizards, especially at that price of $5 million per season. Pierce has the veteran presence that can take the Wizards to the next level in the playoffs. Pierce’s game was never built around athleticism, which is why he’s still able to thrive at the age of 36. The Truth only averaged 13.5 points last season — a career low — but he shot a respectable 45 percent from the field and 37 percent from three.

Pierce is starting to bounce around at the end of his career, but he has an opportunity to leave a mark with the Washington Wizards.

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