Paul Pierce will retire as a member of the Boston Celtics.
The team announced Monday that it has signed Pierce to a contract that will allow him to retire as a member of the organization.
"It's an honor to have this opportunity to once again call myself a Boston Celtics," Pierce said. "The organization and city took me in and made me their own, and I couldn't imagine ending my career any other way. I'm a Celtics for life."
Pierce spent his first 15 seasons with the Celtics, the second longest tenured player in franchise history behind John Havlicek (16). He is the Celtics' second all-time leading scorer (24,021) behind Havlicek (26,395) and averaged 21.8 points, 6 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.4 steals in green and white.Paul Pierce will retire in green ☘️— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 17, 2017
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The 10-time All-Star also led the franchise to its 17th championship in 2008 -- where he was named Finals MVP. Pierce also the Celtics' all-time leader in 3-pointers (1,823), free-throws (6,434) and steals (1,583).
"We're honored that Paul has chosen to retire as a Celtics. He is among the very best Celtics -- a champion on and off the court," said Celtics managing partner Wyc Grousbeck in a press release. "We congratulate Paul on a Hall of Fame career and look forward to seeing his number raised to the rafters at TD Garden."
Officially signed ✅ pic.twitter.com/2ruCR4jh1g— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 17, 2017
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