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Paul Pierce doesn’t rule out a return to Celtics

Mar 8, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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Paul Pierce is finishing out his Hall of Fame career with the Nets at the moment, after playing 15 seasons with the Celtics and rising to the top of many of the franchise’s all-time statistical leaders lists.

Pierce returned to Boston for the second time this season wearing a different jersey on Friday, but he’ll be a free agent this summer. And he hasn’t yet ruled out a return to the Celtics.

From Jared Weiss of SB Nation’s Celticsblog

(via HoopsHype):

Yeah, why not?” Pierce said when asked if he would possibly play for the Celtics again. “Maybe as a player, maybe as a coach. Who knows what the future holds?”

The 36-year-old Pierce scored 10 points in 33 minutes in a game in which the Nets trailed by a large margin for most of the night. But with the possibility that an injured Kevin Garnett will retire, Pierce could see himself looking for a new home again when he becomes a free agent this summer. …

“I am going to still have relationships here. I’m always going to come to this city. Every year, when I’m done, I’m going to have a reason to come here.”

Pierce has said previously he may want a front office role with the Celtics, and said Friday that he would like to open some businesses in the area in the future.

It would be difficult to envision Pierce returning as a player to this rebuilding Celtics squad at this late stage of his career — after all, that’s partially why he and Kevin Garnett were traded over the summer, along with the large salaries tied to those superstar contracts.

But it’s clear Boston remains special to Pierce, so it wouldn’t at all be a surprise to see him turn up with the franchise again in another official capacity.

  1. volcom2143 - Mar 8, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    I see him with doc and the clippers for a year before the celts . Cali kid goes home to retire

    • 22yearsagotoday - Mar 8, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      I agree, unless he’s got a thing for Boston clam chowder.

  2. sportsnut101 - Mar 8, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    yea to retire thats about it

  3. kingperk123 - Mar 8, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    I hope he comes back to the Celtics the mans been STABBED here he shed blood here I’ll. Like to see him take tommies spot there at. Commentary plus I would like to see him get his second ring with the Celtics

  4. adoombray - Mar 8, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Paul Pierce is, to many of us who grew up after Bird, the greatest Celtic ever. He is not just that though. He is a Bostonian and always will be. He’ll never pay for a drink or a meal in this town again unless he wants to and his businesses will succeed because he’s the reason an entire generation of people in this city love basketball.

    Nothing but love for The Truth, always.

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