Pierce re­tires a Celtic

The Buffalo News - - SPORTS -

For­ward Paul Pierce signed a one-day con­tract with the Bos­ton Celtics on Mon­day in a move that al­lows him to re­tire as a mem­ber of the fran­chise.

A 10-time All-Star, Pierce spent the first 15 years of his ca­reer with the Celtics, help­ing the club to the NBA ti­tle in 2008.

“It’s an honor to have this op­por­tu­nity to once again call my­self a Bos­ton Celtic,” the 39-year-old Pierce said a state­ment. “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 was se­lected by the Celtics with the 10th over­all pick of the 1998 draft. He av­er­aged 19.7 points, 5.6 re­bounds and 3.5 as­sists while play­ing in 1,343 ca­reer games with the Celtics, Brook­lyn Nets, Wash­ing­ton Wizards and Los An­ge­les Clip­pers.

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