Paul Pierce to retire as a member of the Celtics

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Luglio 18, 2017

Paul Pierce officially signed a contract with the Boston Celtics on Monday, a formality that brings his 19-year National Basketball Association career full circle, back to the team with which it began in 1998. "He is among the very best Celtics - a champion on and off the court", Grousbeck said in a release. Pierce was with the Celtics for the first 10 years of his career in Boston, and helped lead the Celtics to their first title since the '80s alongside Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Rajon Rondo in 2008. "We congratulate Paul on a Hall of Fame career, and look forward to seeing his number raised to the rafters of TD Garden".

"The organization and city took me in and made me one of their own, and I couldn't imagine ending my career any other way", Pierce said.

In February, in his final game in Boston, Pierce drained a 3-pointer, bringing the TD Garden crowd to a state of exuberance.

The Celtics drafted Pierce with the 10th overall pick in 1998.

So, it's fitting that Pierce signed a contract on Monday afternoon so he can officially retire with the Celtics.

After leaving Boston, Pierce played one season with the Nets, one with the Wizards and the last two with the Clippers. "I'm a Celtic for life". They also showed Pierce suiting up in green practice gear and getting up shots at the team's practice facility.

During his time in Boston, Pierce averaged 21.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.44 steals and 36.6 minutes in 1,102 career games. Those 15 years rank second in longevity in franchise history, trailing only John Havlicek's 16.

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