NBA Rumors: Paul Pierce to retire or return to Los Angeles Clippers?

NBA Rumors: Paul Pierce to retire or return to Los Angeles Clippers?

Paul Pierce has considered retiring from the NBA after a disappointing season for him and the Los Angeles Clippers. The veteran has now a plan for next season and is set to return to play for L.A. in the 2016-2017 NBA Season. Previous NBA rumors had him leaning to retirement but it appears he wants another year in the league and try to help the Clippers win an NBA title.

According to the Los Angeles Daily News, Pierce is set to play his 19th NBA Season with the Clippers stating multiple sources who are privy to Pierce’s thinking.

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“I just don’t want to make an emotional decision right now. I’ll just take some time off, sit down with my family and think long and hard,” Pierce said after his Clippers bowed out of the 2016 NBA Playoffs losing to the upstart Portland Trail Blazers.

Pierce played for the Boston Celtics from 1998 to 2013 and won a championship in Beantown under Doc Rivers, who is also his head coach with the Clippers. He played for the Brooklyn Nets and Washington Wizards before joining L.A. for the 2015-2016 season.

Pierce’s play has seriously dropped off last year with career-low averages of 6.1 point and 2.3 rebounds in just 18.1 minutes per game. However, Rivers and the Clippers value his leadership and he can still hit the crucial baskets even at 38 years old.

If he returns to L.A., Pierce will once again see limited minutes and will serve as a back-up to the forward and guard positions.

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There are NBA rumors that Pierce will be retiring from the Celtics before is career is over but he is still under contract with the Clippers for the next two years.

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