Doc Rivers has plan for Paul Pierce to retire as a Celtic
Rivers spoke with ESPN about his plan for Paul:
“If Paul decides to retire, then we’re going to make sure that Boston picks him up for one day and he retires a Celtic, because that’s what he should retire as,” Rivers said during the podcast released Thursday. “So we have all that in place. We just don’t know what he’s going to do.”
Rivers also coached Pierce and won an NBA Title with the Celtics in 2008:
I think he deserves it. From a team perspective, you would love that he made his decision eight weeks ago. I think there are certain guys that you just have to give time to, and Paul’s one of them.”
Pierce was selected by the Celtics in the 1998 draft. He played 15 seasons with Boston before being traded to the Nets. He then signed with the Wizards before landing a spot on the Clippers’ roster last year.
Pierce, as a long time Celtic, has placed him near the top of most of the organization’s historical list of stat leaders. He ranks third in games played (1,102), second in points (24,021), seventh in rebounds (6,651), fifth in assists (4,305), and first in steals (1,583).
Pierce will make $3.5 million next season if he decides to return, but there is always an ESPN broadcasting spot waiting for him if he decides to leave the playing arena.