Celtics Officially Sign Paul Pierce, Allowing Him to Retire With The Team
The Boston Celtics have resigned Paul Pierce on a one day contract in order for him to retire at the franchise. The 10-time NBA All-Star had previously spent the first 15 years of his professional career with the Celtics winning a title in 2008.
When announcing Pierce’s retirement Wyc Grousbeck Celtics co-owner stated that Pierce’s number 34 jersey will soon hang from the rafters at the TD Garden.
"We're honoured 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.”
Having drafted him with the 10th overall pick in the 1998 draft Pierce retires as Boston’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals (1,823), free throws (6,434), and steals (1,583). He's second only to John Havlicek in scoring with 24,021 career points.