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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.

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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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