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Celtics officially sign Paul Pierce, allowing him to retire with team

Celtics officially sign Paul Pierce, allowing him to retire with team

Paul Pierce is a big part of the Boston Celtics' history, and the Celtics are a big piece of Pierce's career, so it only makes sense for things to come full circle for both sides. And soon, it will have its rightful place in the TD Garden rafters.

According to ESPN on Monday afternoon, the Celtics have signed Paul to a one-day contract to allow Pierce to officially retire from the National Basketball Association with his former team.

"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.

The honor certainly is deserving.

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The contract will allow Pierce, who played 15 seasons in Boston and helped bring the city an National Basketball Association championship in 2008, to retire as a Celtic.

In a tweet on Monday afternoon, the Celtics posted a picture of Pierce posing in his Celtics gear, along with a new 34 jersey to rep. Not only will Pierce join these Boston legends in the TD Garden rafters, he'll also some day be among their company in the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame. Boston returned to the National Basketball Association finals two years later, but lost to the Lakers in a rematch of the 2008 finals.

Paul will officially leave the game with averages of 19.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game. As he's now retiring following his signing, Pierce pointed out that, "I'm a Celtic for life". He made his first All-Star Game in 2002 when he was 24 years old. He played for the Celtics for 15 seasons before playing for the Nets (2013-14), Wizards (2014-15) and Clippers (2015-17).