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Danny Ainge has told Paul Pierce "we have a spot for you"

Celtics legend Paul Pierce recently spoke to Ian Thomsen at about his title hopes in playing for the LA Clippers, but there were some Boston name drops along the way, too.

Pierce will always be linked to Boston, as he was reminded during a recent meeting with Celtics president Danny Ainge. "I ran into Danny a couple days ago and he said, `When you're ready, we have a spot for you,''' says Pierce. "I think he was meaning as a player, but maybe it was in the front office ...''

But unfortunately (and to no surprise) Pierce is focused on his current gig with the Clippers.

As Pierce looks ahead to his next career, he rules out no possibility — including the idea of working as a basketball executive for Rivers and the Clippers eventually.

"I could see that,'' says Pierce. "I could see that because Doc respects my basketball mind. Just because you play for one franchise doesn't mean you're going to be working for them. Danny Ainge is one of the fortunate ones: Look at all the great players who have been in that [Celtics] organization who are working for other organizations — look at Larry Bird, Kevin McHale. It could be Paul Pierce as a Boston guy working for the Clippers.''

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