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He travelled across the league to the Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers in his twilight years. But now Celtic favourite Paul Pierce has made his way back to Boston.. even if for only a day!
The 2008 Finals MVP signed a one-day contract with the Celtics today to officially end his career as a Boston Celtic. He spent 15 years in Boston and stands at third in all-time games played plus second most points for the franchise. The high point came in 2008 when the team combined Pierce with other future hall of famers in Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in order to win a championship.
Pierce along with Garnett and Jason Terry were infamously traded to the Brooklyn Nets in 2013 for a raft of high draft picks that have derailed the Nets franchise but helped rebuild the Celtics on the other hand. He would spend just one season here before fleeing for Washington where he would once again last just one season. From Washington he arrived back to his birth home in Los Angeles to play under Doc Rivers at the Clippers. At the Nets and Wizards he provided some vital clutch plays and experience that aided playoff runs. With the Clippers though he slowly made his way to the bottom of the rotation, sealing his retirement fate.
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His final season was a farewell tour for Pierce but he had always planned to finish the tour in Boston, the city that gave him everything.
“It’s an honor to have this opportunity to once again call myself a Boston Celtic,” Pierce said following to one-day signing. “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. I’m a Celtic for life.”
A fitting end to a true legend of the game.