Published: Tue, July 18, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Celtics Sign Paul Pierce to Contract so He Can Retire in Green

Celtics Sign Paul Pierce to Contract so He Can Retire in Green

He played for the Celtics for 15 seasons before playing for the Nets (2013-14), Wizards (2014-15) and Clippers (2015-17). Boston qualified for the playoffs in 10 of Pierce's 15 seasons with the team, ranking him seventh on the franchise's all-time playoff leaderboard with 136 postseason games played.

The Celtics took to Twitter to post photos of Pierce signing his contract in Danny Ainge's office.

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The Celtics drafted Pierce 10th overall in the 1998 draft. "We congratulate Paul on a Hall of Fame career, and look forward to seeing his number raised to the rafters of TD Garden".

"We're honored that Paul has chosen to retire as a Celtic", said managing partner Wyc Grousbeck. Pierce elected to return for a 19th season and had an emotional final game at TD Garden in February, saying it felt like his true National Basketball Association sendoff.

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In a tweet on Monday afternoon, the Celtics posted a picture of Pierce posing in his Celtics gear, along with a new 34 jersey to rep. As he's now retiring following his signing, Pierce pointed out that, "I'm a Celtic for life".

He holds multiple franchise records, including most 3-point field goals (1,823), free throws (6,434) and steals (1,583). He was the Finals MVP for the Celtics in the 2008 Finals alongside Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen as they beat the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.

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Pierce averaged 21.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 3.9 assists with Boston in 15 seasons. His 24,021 points are also second all time among Celtics players behind John Havlicek (26,395 points).

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