Former KU star Paul Pierce signs to retire a Celtic

Ross Houston
July 18, 2017

Paul Pierce is officially ending his career as he began it - as a member of the Boston Celtics.

The 10-time All-Star small forward announcing last season would be his final in the National Basketball Association, but Monday, he confirmed his retirement, signing a one-day deal with Boston to retire a Celtic.

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

Co-owner of the Celtics, Wyc Grousbeck, spoke out on the matter regarding Pierce's retirement deal.

"We congratulate Paul on a Hall of Fame career, and look forward to seeing his number raised to the rafters of TD Garden", Grousbeck said.

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. Pierce was named to 10 NBA All-Star teams during his 15-year stint with the C's, and helped bring the franchise's 17th championship in 2008, in which he earned Finals MVP honors. During his time in Boston, Pierce averaged 21.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.44 steals and 36.6 minutes in 1,102 career games. "I'm a Celtic for life". He left in 2013, when he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets.

Pierce is the Celtics leader in three-point field goals and free throws, and second all-time leading scorer with 24,021 career points. Boston returned to the National Basketball Association finals two years later, but lost to the Lakers in a rematch of the 2008 finals.

Pierce had just one basket in the Clippers' 107-102 loss, but it was just as memorable as numerous buzzer-beating shots that earned him folk hero status during his time in Boston.

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