Pierce signs with Boston to retire as member of Celtics

Pierce signs with Boston to retire as member of Celtics

Pierce's terrific Boston career came to an end in June 2013 when the Celtics traded him and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets for three first-round picks, plus the right to swap another first-round pick. Pierce led the Celtics through the entirety of the 2000's and with them he made the playoffs 10 times, including a championship in 2008.

He holds multiple franchise records, including most 3-point field goals (1,823), free throws (6,434) and steals (1,583).

Current Celtics All-Star Isaiah Thomas backed off Pierce in the closing seconds, with the game out of reach, to let Pierce knock down one more basket on the parquet floor that he made his personal playground so many times.

Former Kansas great Paul Pierce, who recently wrapped up a stellar, 19-year National Basketball Association career, on Monday signed one last pro contract created to enable him to go out with the team he came in.

In addition to Pierce's retirement, co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said Boston will retire his No. 34, which will soon hang in the rafters at TD Garden.

"We're honored that Paul has chosen to retire as a Celtic", Grousbeck told Celtics.com.

"It's an honor to have this opportunity to once again call myself a Boston Celtic", Pierce said in the release.

Pierce, who played for the Los Angeles Clippers the last two years, is retiring after 19 seasons in the league. As he's now retiring following his signing, Pierce pointed out that, "I'm a Celtic for life".

They went on to defeat Kobe Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers in the 2008 NBA Finals to deliver Boston's first NBA title since 1986.



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