Paul Pierce signs contract to retire with the Boston Celtics

Paul Pierce signs contract to retire with the Boston Celtics

The Celtics announced on Monday that Pierce, 39, has signed a contract that will allow him to retire with the organisation.

While there weren't any specifics laid out, the team later confirmed they would be signing Pierce to a one-day deal so he could retire as a Celtic, and posted video of the cool moment on Twitter.

"It's an honor to have this opportunity to once again call myself a Boston Celtic", Pierce said in the team's press 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", Pierce said. After a 2006-07 season in which the Celtics finished 24-58, Boston built a championship team around him, adding Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to form the "Big 3" and go worst to first.

During his 19-year National Basketball Association career, Pierce averaged 19.7 points (44.5 percent FGs, 36.8 percent 3-pointers, 80.6 percent FTs), 5.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.31 steals and 34.2 minutes in 1,343 games (1,285 starts) with Boston, Brooklyn, Washington and the LA Clippers.

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The Celtics drafted Pierce with the 10th overall pick in 1998.

Pierce was traded to Brooklyn in 2013, spent the 2014-15 season in Washington and the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers and former Celtics coach Doc Rivers. His 38 points in Game 5 of those Finals represented his second-highest scoring total in 26 postseason games that year.

"We're honored that Paul has chosen to retire as a Celtic".

Pierce averaged 21.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 3.9 assists with Boston in 15 seasons.