Paul Pierce will officially retire with the Boston Celtics. In an interview with SiriusXM Wednesday, Pierce announced that he will sign with the Celtics next offseason and then retire.
Paul Pierce confirmed to us on @SiriusXMNBA that he'll retire as a Celtic after the season... Said he owes it to himself and the fans.— Justin Termine (@TermineRadio) October 12, 2016
Pierce announced his retirement in the Player’s Tribune in late September, but had not detailed his final plans. Doc Rivers noted on multiple occasions this summer that when Pierce decided to hang it up, he would waive Paul so that he could retire with the Celtics.
Pierce will play his 19th and final season in the league as a role player on Doc Rivers’ Los Angeles Clippers, who are vying for contention behind the Golden State Warriors juggernaut. Pierce made two trips to the NBA Finals in his career, averaging 20.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists in his career. The 38-year-old is tied for the longest active career in the league with draft-mates Vince Carter, Dirk Nowitzki and Nazr Mohammed.