The Chicago Bulls are looking to address their need for scoring this summer and may look towards a familiar foe for a resolution.
The former Boston Celtic, Pierce, was a key figure in the Bulls rivalry with the Celtics when the two teams were at the top of the Eastern Conference.
Pierce is set to become a free agent in July after completing his first season with the Nets. With the Nets this past season, Pierce averaged 13.5 points per game while shooting 45% from the field.
There has been some talk that Pierce could return to Boston to play out the rest of his career. Though, with the Celtics continuing their rebuild, it would seem that a Boston-Pierce reunion is unlikely.
Pierce is not the greatest of fits with the Bulls. While there is a Boston connection between Pierce and Bulls’ head coach Tom Thibodeau, the 36-year old Pierce is the not the greatest of fits because of his age. The Bulls need to a build a starting rotation around Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah that can last for the long-term. Adding Pierce would only interfere with that agenda.
The only scenario where Pierce may be a conceivable option for the Bulls is if the team misses out on Carmelo Anthony and fails to bring over Nikola Mirotic.