Paul Pierce to retire as a member of the Celtics

Ruben Hill
July 18, 2017

The Boston Celtics signed Paul Pierce on Monday so that he could retire as a member of the organization.

The Celtics took to Twitter to post photos of Pierce signing his contract in Danny Ainge's office.

"We're honored that Paul has chosen to retire as a Celtic", said Celtics managing partner Wyc Grousbeck. Pierce was with the Celtics for the first 10 years of his career in Boston, and helped lead the Celtics to their first title since the '80s alongside Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Rajon Rondo in 2008.

Pierce's No. 34 will be the 22nd number retired by the Celtics, joining the likes of Bill Russell, John Havlicek and Larry Bird.

Earning his iconic nickname "The Truth" during his third National Basketball Association season in 2000-01, Pierce also retires in the organization's top-10 lists in games played (3- 1,102), minutes played (3 - 40,360), field goals (3 - 7,882), field goal attempts (2 - 17,630), three-point field goal attempts (1 - 4,928), free throw attempts (1 - 7,979), offensive rebounds (8 - 1,008), rebounds (7 - 6,651), assists (5 - 4,305) and blocked shots (4 - 668). He's also second on the team's all-time scoring list with 24,021 points.

In 1,343 games, Pierce averaged 19.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.3 steals.

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. He announced that 2016-17 would be his last season before the season began.

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