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If Paul Pierce leaves, will Wizards go after Mirza Teletovic, Alan Anderson?

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Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post takes a look at the ramifications of Paul Pierce leaving the Wizards either to retire or join Doc Rivers in L.A. and thinks Washington could go after Mirza Teletovic or Alan Anderson next month.

Teletovic and Anderson are on Castillo's short list of possible Pierce replacements, along with some small forwards in the Draft, and free agents Mike Dunleavy, Omri Casspi and others.

Here's what he says about the two Nets...

The 6-foot-9 Bosnian is probably best as a stretch-four but has played the three in his three-year NBA career with the Brooklyn Nets. A 36.2 percent three-point shooter, Teletovic, 29, was sidelined for four months after he was diagnosed with bilateral pulmonary embolus in January but returned in the playoffs.

After two seasons as a steady contributor for the Nets, Anderson will decline his $1.33 million player option for next season for more money on the free-agent market. Standing at a sturdy 6-foot-6, the 32-year-old Anderson can play both wing positions. He averaged 7.4 points, shot 34.8 percent from three, and compiled a career-best 56.3 percent true shooting percentage in 74 games last season.

The Nets would like to keep both. Billy King has said the Nets will make a qualifying offer of $4.2 million to Teletovic before June 30 and see if they can sign Anderson, whose Early Bird Rights they retrain.  But with the Nets free agency so complicated, it's easy to imagine both getting multiple offers from teams that understand the Nets luxury tax situation.