Paul Pierce was a key member of the 2013 trade that saw himself and Kevin Garnett move on from the Boston Celtics to the Brooklyn Nets as they moved from New Jersey. Pierce decided to call it a career at the end of the 2016-17 season, but he would spend just a single season of his career as a member of the Nets, reportedly not happy with the organization.
“Before in the locker room, Garnett was engaged, Pierce was not engaged,” said Gary Sussman, who worked as Brooklyn’s public relations vice president. “He was wearing sunglasses. And he did not look like a guy who was happy to be there. It took him a while to adjust. Focusing on the trade and the immediate aftermath, then put him in Brooklyn, and this is where he is. He’s not happy about being there, he’s uncertain about the whole situation, and now you’re trying to work with him. You weren’t really a welcomed member of the crew at that time. You had to fight for every inch of respect and workability.”
Prior to arriving in Brooklyn, Pierce spent the first 15 years of his career as a member of the Celtics. He was a 10-time All-Star and won his only NBA Championship with the franchise, before joining the Nets in his quest for another one alongside Garnett, Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, and head coach Jason Kidd.
In his lone year with the Nets, Pierce averaged what was then a career-low 13.5 points per night in the 75 games he played with Brooklyn.