Paul Pierce announced the decision on Monday to rejoin the Boston Celtics on a one-day contract to officially retire from the NBA with the organization where he spent his first 15 years in the league.
However, it hasn’t take Pierce long for him to find his first post-NBA gig as he informed Jackie MacMullan of ESPN that he has signed with ESPN in an NBA analyst role.
“I’d like to do both,” Pierce said. “That’s why I signed the contract with Boston today. The minute I sign with ESPN, I’m officially retired.”
This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given that Pierce has made several appearances on ESPN’s “The Jump” during the NBA playoffs after the L.A. Clippers were eliminated in the first round. He quickly acquiesced to the job while being featured alongside fellow former NBA players such as Tracy McGrady and Stephen Jackson.
He had also joined in on ESPN’s coverage of the 2017 NBA Finals. It should be a smooth transition for the 39-year-old given his experience with the position over the last several weeks.
Pierce has finally wrapped a Hall of Fame caliber career that spanned 19 seasons that saw him earn numerous accolades such as winning NBA title, NBA Finals MVP award, 10 All-Star Game selections, three All-NBA Third Team nods, and one All-NBA Second Team selection. He also holds various Celtics’ record such as being the all-time leader in 3-point field goals (1,823), free throws (6,434) and steals (1,583).