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Paul Pierce confirms he will retire as a Celtic

Paul Pierce spent the first 15 years of his career with the Celtics before a year in Brooklyn, Washington, and LA.Getty Images

Paul Pierce will officially retire as a Celtic.

He confirmed his plan on SiriusXM NBA Radio on Wednesday.

“I would love to do that,” Pierce said. “I think I’ll always be remembered as a Celtic. I had all my glory days, all my prime was pretty much as a Boston Celtic. I think I owe the fans and I owe myself that much, just to be able to put that uniform on one more time and go out that way, say I retired a Boston Celtic.”

The 10-time All-Star announced last month that the 2016-17 NBA season would be his last. His 19th and final season will be played with the Doc Rivers and the Clippers, his second year in LA.


Rivers, the former Celtics coach, told the Globe’s Gary Washburn last month that it was all but certain Pierce would retire by signing a one-day contract with Boston.

“I think it’s important,” Rivers said. “We have to do that and I think we will. Danny [Ainge] and [assistant general manager] Mike [Zarren], we’ve already talked. The day he retires, he’s going to retire a Celtic and he has to. I don’t think anyone disagrees with that.”

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