Pierce to retire with Celtics
Paul Pierce is retiring as a member of the Boston Celtics. The Celtics announced Monday that they have signed Pierce to a contract so the 10-time AllStar can retire with the team he spent his best 15 seasons in the NBA with. Pierce helped bring a championship in 2008 as part of the “Big Three” of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Drafted by Boston as the 10th overall pick in 1998, Pierce started a 15-season run that is behind only John Havlicek’s 16 seasons for the most played in a Celtics uniform. Pierce, 39, retires atop the franchise’s lists in three-point field goals (1,823), free throws (6,434) and steals (1,583). He is also is Boston’s second all-time leading scorer with 24,021 career points, trailing only Havlicek. Pierce was traded to Brooklyn in 2013, spent the 2014-2015 season in Washington and the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers and former Celtics coach Doc Rivers.