The Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed 10-time NBA All-Star and 19-year veteran Paul Pierce to a contract, enabling him to retire as a member of the organization with which he spent his first 15 NBA seasons. “We’re honored that Paul has chosen to retire as a Celtic. He is among the very best Celtics – a champion on and off the court,” said Celtics governor and managing partner Wyc Grousbeck. “We congratulate Paul on a Hall of Fame career, and look forward to seeing his number raised to the rafters of TD Garden.”
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“It’s an honor to have this opportunity to once again call myself a Boston Celtic,” Pierce said. “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. I’m a Celtic for life.”
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Chris Forsberg: Paul Pierce to @Sirius XM NBA on plan to sign one-day deal with Celtics before retiring next summer: “I would love to do that. I think I’ll always be remembered as a Celtic. I had all my glory days, all my prime was pretty much as a Boston Celtic. I think I owe the fans and I owe myself that much, just to be able to put that uniform on one more time and go out that way, say I retired a Boston Celtic”.
Ben Bolch: Nothing official, but person close to Paul Pierce says he intends to play next season.
David Aldridge: Pierce deal is at the mini-mid level for taxpaying teams, per sources. Two years beginning at $3.3, with option for third year.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Paul Pierce has agreed to a three-year deal with the Clippers, league sources tells Yahoo Sports.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Pierce’s three-year deal with Clippers will earn him nearly $10M, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
Chris Mannix: While Wizards wait on Pierce, familiar dark horse lurks: Boston. Pierce wants to work for C’s someday. Would he want to finish career there?
Sam Amick: Re: @Marc J. Spears intel about Wizards calling Paul Pierce, I’m told Clippers not optimistic about that he’d take less $$ to come their way
Shams Charania: The Wizards have a phone conversation scheduled with their free agent forward Paul Pierce at 12:01 a.m. ET, league source tells RealGM.
Jorge Castillo: Paul Pierce hasn’t made a decision yet but he probably won’t exercise his $5.5 million option, according to a source. #Wizards
Pierce candidly revealed he wasn’t sure about his basketball future minutes after he heaved a last-gasp three-pointer to extend the Wizards’ season a tick of a second too late. He indicated retiring was a possibility, but a month later Pierce is set on playing next season, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
The Clippers will likely only be able to offer Pierce the mini-midlevel exception of $3.37 million, but they are arguably closer to hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy than the Wizards — even in the tough Western Conference — and provide Pierce two amenities the Wizards cannot: A return home and a reunion with Doc Rivers. Pierce grew up in Los Angeles and Rivers, now the Clippers’ maestro as the organization’s coach and general manager, coached him for nine seasons with the Boston Celtics. They won the title together there in 2008.
Whatever his fate is, he’ll be a first ballot Hall of Famer. I hope he comes back. His deal is, he can say ‘I want to come back,’ and he would be welcomed with open arms. He might say ‘I don’t want to come back, I want to negotiate,’ and we would do that. He might say I want to go somewhere else. He’s earned that. “And we love Paul Pierce,” Leonsis said. “He knows where he stands in our desires. But it’s up to him now, and there’s probably no one in the NBA right now in that part of their career that’s earned that freedom to do what he thinks is best for he and his family.”
One of the options the Clippers are exploring, according to sources, is Paul Pierce, who could sign a mini-midlevel exception of $3.37 million for up to three years if he declines his $5.5 million player option with Washington. Players don’t normally turn down money but it’s essentially a $1 million difference this season for Pierce, 37, to return home and be reunited with Rivers, who was his coach in Boston for nine seasons, including the 2007-08 championship.
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