Yesterday Paul Pierce signed a one-day contract with the Boston Celtics so that the franchise legend could officially retire in Boston.
It was a cool and fitting ending to his career with Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck also, ax expected officially announced that Pierce’s #34 will be retired and hung in the rafters at the TD Garden.
Pierce’s 15-year tenure in Boston finished in 2013 when General Manager Danny Ainge traded him along with Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for, like, pretty much every draft pick that has ever existed along with Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, Keith Bogans.
So, naturally, on his return to Boston, ‘The Truth’ decided to spit some truth and play a joke on Ainge by wearing some Nets gear to the signing per ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan.
He showed up at his old haunt, the Boston Celtics practice facility in Waltham, Massachusetts, wearing a throwback Inglewood T-shirt and a pair of Brooklyn Nets basketball shorts.
“Hey Danny, see this?” said Paul Pierce, tugging at the silver and black of the Nets. “This is where you sent me!”
Pierce ended up throwing a Celtics T-Shirt on.
After the signing, he drove to Bristol to sign a deal with ESPN, where he’ll be an on-air talent for their NBA coverage.
“The minute I sign with ESPN, I’m officially retired,” Pierce told MacMullan.