Paul Pierce spoke to reporters about his departure --and Jason Kidd's-- before the Knicks-Wizards game Tuesday and said he understood the Nets decision not to bring him back was "business" but that he was shocked by Kidd's decision to leave.
Pierce did not directly state that the Nets had given up on their championship aspirations, but by describing the Nets rationale of dumping him as "business," he implied it. Nets officials have called the move a basketball decision, saying Pierce was no longer needed upfront with the return of Brook Lopez and Kevin Garnett to good health ... and that he could no longer guard the three.
"I understand it’s a business," Pierce said. "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."
On Kidd's departure, Pierce said it set other moves in motion.
"It just happened so fast," Pierce said of Kidd’s departure. "I had a chance to talk to him 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."
- NBA: Paul Pierce knows departure from Nets was "all business" - Andy Vasquez - The Record
Pierce: Kidd's exit 'like a domino from there' - Ohm Youngmisuk - ESPN New York