Paul Pierce Retirement Rumors: Should ‘The Truth’ retire as a Boston Celtics?

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Paul Pierce Retirement Rumors: Should ‘The Truth’ retire as a Boston Celtics?

After Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan, Paul Pierce has been rumored to end his basketball career. However, there are reports saying that the 38-year-old NBA veteran intends to play next season.

After Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan, Paul Pierce has been rumored to end his basketball career. However, there are reports saying that the 38-year-old NBA veteran intends to play next season.

 

Paul Pierce is currently signed with the Los Angeles Clippers, under contract for a little more than $3.5 million for the 2016-17 NBA season. Pierce’s decision to leave or doesn’t mean much for the Clippers. His performance has tremendously gone down since he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets in 2013.

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Paul Pierce started to make his name with the Boston Celtics, where he was called ‘The Truth’. He spent 15 years of his basketball career with the Celtics from the time he was drafted in 1998. Paul Pierce, together with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, won an NBA championship title in 2008 and was named Finals MVP.

“In terms of pure impact, then, Pierce’s likely return does not mean much. But it’s still worth thinking about because The Truth’s current status splits the difference between where Duncan and Bryant stood when they left the league. Ever adaptable and self-effacing, Duncan became less and less important to the San Antonio Spurs’ plans while simultaneously maintaining his dignity and reputation. Kobe refused to view himself as anything less than a superstar, remained one of the most discussed players in the sport, and saw himself derided as a has-been unable to come to terms with the aging process.” Eric Freeman of Yahoo Sports wrote.

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If Paul Pierce returns, the Clippers will be forced to cut Branden Dawson or send David Michineau back to Europe for a year to free up one spot, and do both to free up two spots. Having an aging player like Paul Pierce is not bad at all for the Clippers.

The 38-year-old NBA veteran’s leadership and knowledge in the game can still be a big help for the Clippers. Many are still hoping that Paul Pierce will return to the Boston Celtics and end his basketball career there. It would be great for such player to retire to the team where he started and developed his basketball career.

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