The Boston Celtics marked Paul Pierce on Monday so he could resign as an individual from the organization.
Pierce, a 10-time NBA All-Star, put in the initial 15 years of his profession with Boston, winning a title in 2008. In announcing Pierce’s retirement, co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said Pierce’s No. 34 would soon hang in the rafters at TD Garden.
“We’re honored that Paul has chosen to retire as a Celtic. He is among the very best Celtics — a champion on and off the court,” Grousbeck said in a release. “We congratulate Paul on a Hall of Fame career, and look forward to seeing his number raised to the rafters of TD Garden.”
Paul Pierce will retire in green ☘️
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 17, 2017
The Celtics drafted Pierce with the tenth general pick in 1998. He completed his profession playing for the Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers.
“It’s an honor to have this opportunity to call myself once again a Boston Celtic,” Pierce said in the release. “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.”
The Celtics have since a long time ago intended to sign Pierce so that he could retire with the team and former coach Doc Rivers uncovered those plans the previous summer as Pierce contemplated his NBA future. Penetrate chosen to return for a nineteenth season and had a passionate last diversion at TD Garden in February, saying it felt like his actual NBA sendoff.
The Celtics tweeted shots of Pierce marking his agreement with Danny Ainge’s office on Monday evening. They likewise demonstrated Pierce is suiting up in green practice adapt and getting up shots at the team’s practice facility.
The Celtics noticed that Pierce resigns as the team’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals (1,823), free throws (6,434), and steals (1,583). He’s second just to John Havlicek in scoring with 24,021 career points.