NBA Roundup (July 17): Washington Wizards officially sign Paul Pierce

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WASHINGTON -- The Washington Wizards have officially signed veteran forward Paul Pierce.

Pierce, who turns 37 in October, spent 15 seasons with the Boston Celtics before being traded to the Brooklyn Nets last season.

"We are very happy to welcome Paul to our organization and add his championship experience and history of clutch play to our team," Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said in a statement.

Pierce averaged a career-low 13.5 points last season in his first year with the Nets. But he is a 10-time All-Star who has gained a reputation as one of the best big-moment players in the league

Led by guards John Wall and Bradley Beal, Washington reached the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs last season, their first postseason appearance since 2008.

"He will be a good fit alongside our young, dynamic backcourt while his presence and leadership will make a difference for us both on and off the court," Grunfeld said of Pierce.

AP source: Davis to Lakers for two years, $2 million

LAS VEGAS -- A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that Ed Davis has agreed to terms on a two-year, $2 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers and Davis reached agreement on Wednesday night. The second year of the deal is a player option. The person requested anonymity because an official announcement has not been made.

Davis has played for Toronto and Memphis in his four-year NBA career. He was the 13th overall pick in 2010 and showed flashes of real potential early on with the Raptors.

But after being traded to the Grizzlies as part of the deal that sent Rudy Gay to Toronto, Davis struggled to get consistent minutes on a team with a loaded frontcourt.

Yahoo! Sports first reported the agreement.

Mavericks officially re-sign Guard Devin Harris

DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks have re-signed guard Devin Harris.

The Mavericks didn't reveal contract terms in their announcement Thursday night.

ESPN reported Harris got a $16.5 million, four-year deal.

Harris played for Dallas on a one-year, $3 million deal last season. He originally had a $9 million, three-year deal, but that was scuttled by a toe injury that forced him to miss the first half of the season.

The 31-year-old Harris averaged 7.9 points, 4.5 assists and 20.5 minutes in 40 regular-season games after returning from the injury.

Acquired by the Mavericks as the No. 5 overall pick in a draft-night trade in 2004, Harris was sent to New Jersey in a trade that brought Jason Kidd to the Mavericks in 2008. Harris also played in Utah and Atlanta.

AP source: Pacers get Stuckey for one year

LAS VEGAS -- The Indiana Pacers blew Lance Stephenson a kiss goodbye and jumped on Rodney Stuckey to fill the void.

The Pacers agreed to terms with Stuckey on a one-year deal Wednesday, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press. The deal comes one day after the Charlotte Hornets swooped in to land Stephenson, the wild-card guard who dazzled with his versatility and infuriated with his after-the-whistle antics.

Terms of the deal, which was first reported by USA Today, were not immediately available. The person requested anonymity because an official announcement has not been made.

Stephenson was one of the Pacers' best offensive players on a team that often struggled to put the ball in the basket. He gained All-Star consideration while averaging 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists in a breakout year. But he also showed flashes of erratic behavior, most notably when he blew into LeBron James' ear during the Eastern Conference finals.

Charlotte landed him with a three-year, $27 million contract after the Pacers couldn't close the deal with him, so Indiana moved quickly to address the loss.

Stuckey averaged 13.9 points last season, his seventh season with the Detroit Pistons. He was once viewed as a promising building block for the Pistons, and he averaged 16.6 points and 4.8 assists in 2009-10.

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