NBA legend Paul Pierce has signed a deal with the Boston Celtics, so he can retire as a Celtic.
“It’s an honor to have this opportunity to once again call myself a Boston Celtic,” Pierce said in a statement. “The organization and city took me in and made me one of their own, and I couldn’t imagine ending my career any other way. I’m a Celtic for life.”
The 10-time NBA All-Star spent 15 years in Boston, eventually winning a title in 2008, alongside Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. He left in 2013, when he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets.
In addition to Pierce’s retirement, co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said Boston will retire his No. 34, which will soon hang in the rafters at TD Garden.
The Celtics took to Twitter to post photos of Pierce signing his contract in Danny Ainge’s office.
Paul Pierce will retire in green ☘️
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 17, 2017