After spending his first 15 seasons in the NBA with the Celtics, Paul Pierce will now be playing for his second team in as many years.
When the Nets didn’t re-sign him this past offseason, Pierce signed with the Washington Wizards. Planning on re-signing with the Nets, things started to go the other direction when coach Jason Kidd took the same job with the Milwaukee Bucks.
“I definitely didn’t see all that coming,” Pierce told reporters following a morning shootaround at the Garden before a preseason game with the Knicks on Wednesday, per the NY Daily News. “I think it all started probably with Jason leaving, it’s kind of like a domino from there. I was a little disappointed, because I thought I was going to come back there and Jason was one of the main reasons I came to Brooklyn, him and Kevin [Garnett].”
Pierce, 37, said he didn’t see any of this coming.
“It just happened so fast,” Pierce said. “I had a chance to talk to [Kidd] and he has his reasons, the way things went down. But like I said, the business ‘ you’ve got to understand the business aspect of it. He moved on. The Nets moved on and people went their different directions. You see that a lot in this business.”
“I understand it’s a business,” he added. “I was a little surprised, but you’ve got to be ready for the business side of it and understand that part. So it didn’t shock me. No hard feelings, I understand their situation, they understand mine, and both parties moved on.”