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Celtics owner says team will retire Paul Pierce's number this season

Ty Anderson
August 17, 2017 - 7:31 pm

Exactly one month after signing a contract that allowed him to retire a Celtic, Paul Pierce will next see his No. 34 raised to the rafters of TD Garden and officially taken out of circulation sometime next season, according to Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca. 

“It’s going to be fantastic,” Pagliuca told the Boston Globe. “For our era, the most recent era, he embodied the Celtics’ leadership, the Celtics’ brand and was the MVP of the championship team. So it’s going to be fantastic to see that happen.”

Drafted by the Celtics with the 10th overall pick in 1998, Pierce spent the majority of his 19-year NBA career with the Celtics, where he won a championship with the club in 2008, and advanced to another one in a seven-game series loss to the Lakers in 2010, before spending the final four seasons split between the Nets, Wizards, and Clippers. 

A 15-year Celtic, and the face of the organization through the late-90s and through the early-2000s, Pierce ranks third all-time among Celtics with 1,102 games in a C's uniform, and is one of just three players to have played over 40,000 minutes for the team. Pierce also ranks No. 1 on the club's all-time three-pointers made list, with 1,823, and his 21.8 points per game as a Celtic rank as the third-most in franchise history behind Isaiah Thomas (24.7) and Larry Bird (24.3).

The Celtics have not yet announced the date of Pierce's retirement festivities. 

Pierce will be the 22nd number retired by the Celtics, and the first since the Celtics raised Cedric Maxwell's No. 31 to the rafters in Dec. 2003. 

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