Pierce will retire with the Celtics after signing a non-guaranteed contract on Monday, Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com reports. Pierce spent his first 15 seasons with the Celtics, which included a Finals MVP showing in 2008 when he helped Boston secure the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy alongside Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. His decorated career also included 10 All-star appearances, which is why he's widely considered a lock to end up in the Hall of Fame when all is said and done. Pierce finished his career playing with the Nets, Wizards and Clippers, but his time in Boston will be remembered most, making Monday's one-day contract with the Celtics all the more special.
Pierce was waived by the Clippers on Wednesday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports. Pierce was irrelevant in fantasy last season due to the very little action he saw. He participated in just 25 games, averaging 3.2 points and 1.9 rebounds across 11.1 minutes per contest. With his role and abilities gradually slipping, plus Chris Paul being traded away to Houston, Pierce's time in Los Angeles, and possibly the NBA, has come to a close.
Pierce pitched in with 10 points (4-5 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 0-1 FT) and one rebound over seven minutes in Monday's 125-96 win over the Rockets. The 39-year-old was out there to chuck away, and that he did. Pierce compiled a season-high scoring total in a modest amount of playing time, but it's unknown how much opportunity he'll see come the postseason. The 19-year veteran has seen action in only 25 games this season and is averaging career-low totals across the stat sheet.
Pierce (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in a 116-102 win over the Celtics on Monday. Since making a spot start in the final appearance of his career in Boston back on Feb. 5, Pierce has returned to the bench and isn't being included in coach Doc Rivers' rotation. Expect that to remain the case the rest of the way, though Pierce could make some ceremonial appearances in the final few games of the regular season as a final sendoff before the playoffs get underway.
Pierce will return to the bench for Monday's game against the Clippers. Pierce, who's set to retire after the season, was moved into the starting lineup on Sunday against the Celtics, as it was his last game in Boston, where he played the bulk of his career. He ended up seeing just five minutes and in moving to the bench, likely won't see the floor unless injuries occur higher up in the depth chart. Look for the Clippers to go with a three-guard lineup again, giving Raymond Felton another opportunity to join the top unit.
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