"I'm a Celtic for life."
Paul Pierce has just signed with the Boston Celtics, which will allow him to officially retire as a member of the team that he spent his first 15 NBA seasons with.
In announcing Pierce's signing today, Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck also reiterated the organization's plan to retire the #34.
"We're honored that Paul has chosen to retire as a Celtic. He is among the very best Celtics -- a champion on and off the court," Grousbeck said in a release. "We congratulate Paul on a Hall of Fame career, and look forward to seeing his number raised to the rafters of TD Garden."
"It's an honor to have this opportunity to once again call myself a Boston Celtic," Pierce said in the release. "The organization and city took me in and made me one of their own, and I couldn't imagine ending my career any other way. I'm a Celtic for life."
Pierce, who was named to 10 All-Star teams and won a championship with Boston in 2008, ranks second all-time in the Celtics organization in points scored (24,021) trailing only John Havlicek.