The Washington Wizards, stunned earlier Saturday when Trevor Ariza opted to sign with the Houston Rockets, shook off the disappointment in a big way later in the day by landing Paul Pierce.

Pierce, 36, a likely Hall of Famer, agreed to a two-year deal for the full mid-level exception worth $10.8 million, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Pierce, who averaged 13.5 points last season in Brooklyn, has an option for the second year.

The 6-foot-6 small forward spent the first 15 years of his career with the Boston Celtics, winning a championship in 2008, and his former teammate and current Wizards assistant Sam Cassell played a huge role in recruiting him to Washington.