Paul Pierce became an option for the Washington Wizards in free agency following the surprising departure of Jason Kidd, according to sources.

The Wizards sent Sam Cassell to meet with Pierce in Las Vegas, as the two were formerly teammates with the Boston Celtics. Cassell is an assistant coach for the Wizards.

Marcin Gortat, John Wall and other Wizards sent Pierce texts and also placed calls.

The Wizards turned to Pierce when they stood firm on their price for Trevor Ariza.