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Paul Pierce signs with Boston to retire a Celtic


Bleed Green!

Paul Pierce and Boston have agreed on a one-day deal that will allow the veteran forward to retire as a member of the Celtics.

The 39-year-old spent his first 15 seasons with Boston, who drafted him 10th overall in 1998. He earned all of his 10 All-Star recognitions with the Celtics, and won one NBA title and one NBA Finals MVP award with the club on 2008.

“We’re honoured that Paul has chosen to retire as a Celtic,” said Boston co-owner Wyc Grousbeck in a statement.

“He is among the very best Celtics, a champion on and off the court,” added Grousbeck. “We congratulate Paul on a Hall of Fame career, and look forward to seeing his [jersey] number [34] raised to the rafters of TD Garden.”

Before the 2013-2014 season, Pierce consented to being traded to Brooklyn for picks along with teammates Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry. He left the Nets after one season and signed with Washington, before spending the last two seasons with the LA Clippers.

“It’s an honor to have this opportunit to once again call myself a Boston Celtic,” said Pierce in the statement. “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.”

Pierce will retire as the franchise leader in 3-point field goals made (1,823), free throws made (6,434) and steals (1,583). He is also second in the club’s all-time scoring with 24,021 points.

The four-time All-NBA member has career averages of 19.7 points per game, 5.6 rebounds per game and 3.5 assists per game but he once averaged a career-high 26.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg, and 4.7 apg in 79 matches in the 2005-2006 season.