NBA veteran Paul Pierce announced Monday (Sept. 26) that he will play one more season, and then, retire.
The 38-year-old revealed the news in a piece on The Players’ Tribune, saying he’d be returning for his 19th season… and then, it’s a wrap.
“This is it, my final season,” Pierce wrote. “It’s time to move on from the game of basketball. Just like any difficult decision, I think you’ve got to be at peace with yourself. I’m at peace with retiring, but I’ve got one more ride left. One more season. One more opportunity.”
Pierce played the first 15 seasons of his career in Boston, nine of them for Coach Doc Rivers, who brought him to Los Angeles last season as a veteran presence.
During his career, he’s averaged 20.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. After his tenure in Boston, Pierece played one season with the Brooklyn Nets, another with the Washington Wizards, and last year with the Clippers. Last season, he posted just 6.1 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.
“With the Clippers, in the city where I grew up, I feel like I have that opportunity on a great team,” Pierce wrote Monday. “We’re hungry. We want to win a championship.
“After 18 NBA years, it’s hard to believe I’ll be playing in each arena for the last time. So I’m going to enjoy every practice, every bus ride, every team dinner, every time running out through the tunnel. I’m going to do my part to give us a shot at the ultimate goal.”
Pierce entered the league with the No. 10 pick out of Kansas in the 1998 NBA draft. He’s a 10-time All-Star and currently ranks 16th on the NBA all-time scoring list.