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Paul Pierce is still delivering for the Celtics, even in retirement

From left: Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry were introduced to the media in July 2013, shortly after their trade from the Celtics.Mary Altaffer/Associated Press/File

Paul Pierce always will be a Celtic in most fans’ minds. His one-year stint with the Nets was largely forgettable.

But that trade did set the stage for the Celtics winning Tuesday night’s NBA Draft Lottery. They’ll pick first in next month’s draft.

Pierce, of course, was traded to Brooklyn in 2013, along with Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry, in a blockbuster deal that netted the Celtics five players and three first-round draft picks.

Pierce, who retired this year, let Boston fans know he’ll always be a Celtic with this tweet.