Originally written on Nets Take Over  |  Last updated 1/21/15
Late on July 12 night and into the very early hours of July 13, news broke that Paul Pierce had decided to leave Brooklyn and sign with the Washington Wizards for the full mid-level exception. Emotions ranged from confused (the Wizards came out of nowhere), to incensed (letting Pierce walk after the blockbuster trade completed a year prior to bring Pierce to Brooklyn), and to joyous (for the ones who always hated the trade and thought that Pierce had nothing left in the tank.) However, letting Pierce bolt fits the future direction the Nets wish to go in as an organization.The Nets want to get younger while remaining competitive. They want to give younger players, such as Sergey Karasev, Markel Brown, and Cory Jefferson an opportunity so they can properly evaluate the players’ futures on the team. They want to give Bojan Bogdanovic, their big free agent signing of this offseason, to show what he can do on the NBA level. Letting Pierce go does all that.Trimming payroll was also a ma...
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