Jason Kidd is said to have played a big role in convincing Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to join the Nets last summer. Pierce is now an unrestricted free agent, and, with Kidd no longer in the fold in Brooklyn, may explore other options. From ESPN.com:
A handful of teams, sources say, called after 12:01 a.m. Tuesday to register their interest in Brooklyn swingman Paul Pierce, with the Clippers in particular believing that Jason Kidd’s departure has “opened the door” to stealing Pierce away from the Nets.
Chicago, Portland, Dallas, Houston and Memphis, sources said, have all formally entered the Pierce bidding. But Brooklyn, I’m told, really only fears the Clippers in this process, with Pierce’s beloved Doc Rivers naturally leading L.A.’s recruiting efforts.