Pierce to re­tire with Celtics

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

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.


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