Paul Pierce Signs Celtics Contract to Officially Retire with Franchise

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Paul Pierce is a big part of the Boston Celtics' history, and the Celtics are a big piece of Pierce's career, so it only makes sense for things to come full circle for both sides. "He is among the very best Celtics - a champion on and off the court", said Celtics managing partner Wyc Grousbeck. But after a wayward four seasons elsewhere, Pierce reached an agreement to join his former team for a day. Pierce spent 15 of his 19 seasons with the Celtics and had all 10 of his All-Star appearances in Boston. "We congratulate Paul on his Hall of Fame career, and look forward to seeing his number raised to the rafters of TD Garden".

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.

Paul Pierce is back where he belongs.

"It's an honor to have this opportunity to once again call myself a Boston Celtic", Pierce said. He led the team to two NBA Finals and took home Finals MVP honors in 2008, when the Celtics beat the Los Angeles Lakers in six games. "I'm a Celtic for life". He played for the Celtics for 15 seasons before playing for the Nets (2013-14), Wizards (2014-15) and Clippers (2015-17). The California native tops the franchise lists in three-point field goals (1,823), free throws (6,434), and steals (1,583), while also placing as the Celtics' second all-time leading scorer with 24,021 career points.