Paul Pierce Signs Celtics Contract to Officially Retire with Franchise

Paul Pierce officially retired as a Boston Celtic after signing his last contract Monday.

“It’s an honor to have this opportunity to once again call myself a Boston Celtic”, Pierce said in the team’s press release. As he’s now retiring following his signing, Pierce pointed out that, “I’m a Celtic for life”.

Also as part of the Boston icon’s return to Celtics headquarters: No future Celtic will wear Pierce’s No. 34, per owner Wyc Grousbeck. Pierce trails only John Havliceck for the most years spent in a Celtics uniform. The crafty forward averaged 20.9 points (41.9% FG, 33.9% 3-PT, 83.4% FT), 6.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.32 steals in 39.8 minutes in his Celtics playoff career. He’s also second on the team’s all-time scoring list with 24,021 points.

Named the Most Valuable Player of that 2008 clash, Pierce became the third Celtic ever to earn MVP honors in his first NBA Finals Appearance (Jo Jo White – 1974, Cedric Maxwell – 1981).

Pierce announced last summer that the 2016-17 season would be the last in his National Basketball Association career, and that led to plenty of heartfelt moments throughout his final year in the league.

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.

In February, in his final game in Boston, Pierce drained a 3-pointer, bringing the TD Garden crowd to a state of exuberance. He announced that 2016-17 would be his last season before the season began.