The No. 34 hasn’t been worn by a member of the Boston Celtics since Paul Pierce was traded from the team in the summer of 2013. Pierce spent 15 of his 19 seasons with the Celtics and had all 10 of his All-Star appearances in Boston.
In an official press release from the team, it was noted that Pierce owns franchise records for field goals (1,823), free throws (6,434) and steals (1,583).
Pierce was drafted out of Kansas in 1998.
The Celtics announced Monday that they had signed Pierce to an unspecified contract to allow him to retire with the team.
Co-owner of the Celtics, Wyc Grousbeck, spoke out on the matter regarding Pierce’s retirement deal.
“It’s an honor to have this opportunity to once again call myself a Boston Celtic”, said Pierce, a 10-time all star. After a short stint there, he moved on to play for the Wizards for one season and ultimately finished his career under his Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers in Los Angeles with the Clippers. He was a part of the 2008 NBA championship team and was also recognized as the NBA Finals MVP that year. One of the best moments of his final year came during his last time playing at the TD Garden, where he drained a 3 in the final minute of the game to send the Boston fans into a frenzy. “I’m a Celtic for life”.
“We’re honoured that Paul has chosen to retire as a Celtic”.
For a moment in time, Pierce served as the face for one of the greatest franchises in National Basketball Association history, and now, every time we look high into the rafters of the TD Garden and see his jersey hanging, we can all be thankful for having witnessed.