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.
Pierce will start at small forward in Sunday's game against the Celtics, Rowan Kavner of Clippers.com reports.
Coach Doc Rivers was expected to find minutes one way or another for Pierce, who hasn't made an appearance since Dec. 31, during the final game of his career in Boston, but the starting assignment is somewhat of a surprise. It's expected that Pierce will replace Raymond Felton in the lineup, but even so, it's unlikely the 39-year-old will take on starter-level minutes following the month-long layoff from game action. Pierce has seen 20-plus minutes in only one of his 12 appearances this season and is averaging 3.8 points and 1.5 rebounds per game.
Pierce is expected to be active for Sunday's game against the Celtics, in what figures to be the final appearance of his career in Boston, Brian Robb of The Boston Globe reports.
Pierce, who announced in September that he will retire after the 2016-17 season, hasn't made an appearance for the Clippers since Dec. 31, a stretch of 14 games where he's failed to get off the bench in coach's decisions. However, look for coach Doc Rivers to make room for the veteran in the rotation for at least a brief spurt Sunday so the fans in Boston -- where he spent his first 15 seasons of what's likely a Hall of Fame career -- can give him a final sendoff. Pierce figures to drop back out of the Clippers rotation in the second half of the back-to-back set Monday against the Raptors.
Pierce will move to the bench Monday against Phoenix.
The Clippers are electing to go small Monday by having Raymond Felton, J.J. Redick, and Austin Rivers start. Despite the demotion, Pierce still could see around his average of roughly 12 minutes per game against the Suns.
Pierce tallied five points (2-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT) and three rebounds across 16 minutes during a 114-88 loss to Oklahoma City on Saturday.
Pierce got the start over Wesley Johnson (ankle), but played only 16 minutes. Even if Pierce continues to receive starts while Blake Griffin (knee) is sidelined, he hasn't showed an ability this season to produce at anything other than an extremely minor level. He has only received more than 20 minutes in a game once this season.
Pierce will start Saturday against the Thunder.
In the continued absence of Blake Griffin (knee), Pierce has moved in and out of the starting lineup. As a result, there's no guarantee he'll continue to start Monday against the Suns, but for Saturday, he'll get the nod over Wesley Johnson.
Pierce will draw another start at power forward in Thursday's game against the Clippers, Dan Woike of the Orange County Register reports.
Pierce got the starting nod in Blake Griffin's first game being sidelined, and produced seven points (2-6 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT) to go along with one rebound accross 18 minutes. Given that the Clippers are sticking with Pierce against the Spurs' tough frontcourt, it appears they intend on keeping him as a starter going forward. That certainly can be subject to change, but look for him to notch a similar workload to his previous outing as a starter.
Pierce scored seven points (2-6 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT) and grabbed one rebound in 18 minutes during Tuesday's 119-102 win over the Nuggets.
In the first game without Blake Griffin (knee), the Clippers elected to start Pierce. The team has been careful with the 39-year-old to this point, as he has been limited to 12.4 minutes in only eight game appearances. With Griffin expected to miss four-to-six weeks, the Clippers may lean on Pierce more than they would like to, but Marreese Speights, Wesley Johnson and Brandon Bass should all factor into the rotation as well.
Pierce will start at power forward for Tuesday's game against the Nuggets, Dan Woike of the Orange County Register reports.
With Blake Griffin (knee) expected to miss the next four-to-six weeks, coach Doc Rivers has opted to give Pierce the first opportunity to run with the starters. That said, Pierce likely won't see a ton of minutes despite working with the top unit, so guys like Marreese Speights, Wesley Johnson and Brandon Bass should get extra playing time off the bench as well. The Clippers could opt to change up their starting lineup on a game-to-game basis depending on the opposing lineup, so Pierce's start Tuesday doesn't necessarily mean that will be the case moving forward.
Pierce is listed as a probable starter at power forward in the game notes for Tuesday's matchup with the Nuggets, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.
With Blake Griffin set to undergo an arthroscopic knee procedure that will likely sideline him for three-to-six weeks, the Clippers will need to replace him in the starting lineup, and it appears Pierce will get the initial nod alongside Luc Mbah a Moute and DeAndre Jordan in the frontcourt. The 39-year-old hasn't played in any of the Clippers' last four games, and he's logged double-digit minutes in just two of his seven appearances on the season. Given that precedent, Pierce is unlikely to see heavy minutes, and the likes of Marreese Speights and Wesley Johnson could ultimately play more significant roles in helping compensate for Griffin's absence.
Pierce scored five points (1-7 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while adding three rebounds and a steal in 29 minutes during Tuesday's 127-122 overtime loss to the Nets.
The rust showed for the 39-year-old, who was playing in just his third game of the season while Blake Griffin got the night off to rest in advance of Thursday's game in Cleveland. Pierce is little more than a player-coach at this point in his career, so even if coach Doc Rivers does start working him into the Clippers' rotation more often, Pierce's days of double-digit scoring and clutch threes are long behind him.
Pierce will draw the start at power forward for Tuesday's game against the Nets, Rowan Kavner of Clippers.com reports.
Pierce has spent the majority of this season on the end of the bench, basically acting as another member of the coaching staff instead of as an active player. He's seen the court just twice this season, but with Blake Griffin sitting out for rest, the Clippers will turn to their veteran to jump into the starting five. It's unlikely that Pierce will get a ton of minutes despite being with the top overall unit, as guys like Marreese Speights and Brandon Bass should help cover the additional playing time available as well.
Pierce (coach's decision) didn't play in Monday's 127-95 win over the Nets.
Pierce seems to be over the ankle injury that kept him sidelined for the first couple games of the season, but the veteran still has yet to make his debut. Even though the Clippers have had a number of blowout wins, coach Doc Rivers apparently has no desire to give the 39-year-old run in games where the outcome is already in hand. It may require an injury or two to hit the frontcourt before Pierce enters the rotation and sees time off the bench in competitive contests.
Pierce (coach's decision) didn't play in Monday's 114-82 win over the Pistons.
After missing the Clippers' first four games of the season with a sprained ankle, Pierce has been available off the bench for the last three contests, but hasn't seen the court. With the Clippers not indicating that Pierce has suffered a setback of any kind, it seems safe to conclude that he's simply not viewed as a rotation option for coach Doc Rivers. With Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan locked into starting roles in the frontcourt and Marreese Speights and Brandon Bass seemingly representing the top two big men off the bench, it doesn't look as though Pierce will often factor into the mix at power forward, the position he's expected to receive most of his time at in his final NBA campaign.
Pierce (ankle) will be available for Friday's game against the Grizzlies, Dan Woike of the Orange County Register reports.
Pierce is ready to make his season debut after sitting out the first four games of the season due to his sprained ankle. He is not likely to play a major role for the Clippers in what will be his final season in the NBA, but he figures to get at least a few minutes Friday now that he has been cleared for game action.
Pierce (ankle) will not play in Monday's game against the Suns, Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic reports.
Pierce has missed the Clippers' first three regular season games, as he continues to nurse a sprained ankle. He's yet to be given a concrete timetable for a return, so consider him day-to-day until further information is provided. Once healthy, look for Pierce to see most of his playing time at the four behind Blake Griffin.