Paul Pierce will not be joining Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan to retirement yet with NBA rumors on Monday stating that veteran forward will be returning for the Los Angeles Clippers next season.
Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times confirmed the news but said nothing is official at the moment.
Nothing official, but person close to Paul Pierce says he intends to play next season.
— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) July 9, 2016
Pierce started 38 of 68 games played in the regular season last year for the Clippers. The veteran averaged 6.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists in limited time in his first year in Los Angeles.
Pierce, who started a long career with the Boston Celtics (1998 to 2013), also played for the Brooklyn Nets and Washington Wizards in previous years. He is a one-time NBA champion (2008) but his value nowadays is just on being one of the team leaders and not for his on-court production.
Pierce signed a three-year deal worth over $10.5 million with the Clippers in 2015 but there were NBA rumors that he’s willing to leave money on the table by retiring. However, it looks like Pierce wants to play at least another year and help the Clippers next season.
Los Angeles, with the “Big Three” of Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin, are still one of the top teams in the Western Conference. Pierce is expected to play in limited minutes again next season and will be one of the players off the bench for the L.A. squad.
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