After being the undisputed face of the franchise for a decade and a half, the Celtics finally said goodbye to team captain Paul Pierce, who has been playing basketball in Boston since he was drafted by the Celtics out of Kansas in 1998.
On June 27, the Celtics agreed to a trade in which they will send Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets for Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Keith Bogans, and three first-round picks. The 35-year-old Pierce has been a fan favorite for in Boston for his entire Celtics career, and built himself up from a kid from Inglewood, Calif., into a future Hall of Fame player who was the 2008 NBA Finals MVP. His jersey number, 34, will undoubtedly be hanging from the TD Garden rafters some day.
Pierce, who was a 10 time All-Star with Boston, averaged 21.8 points per game over his 15 seasons with the Celtics, while grabbing six rebounds per game and averaging over 36 minutes per game, starting all but three of the 1,102 games he played with Boston. It seems a shock that Pierce will not get to retire wearing Celtics’ green, but no matter what, he will go down as one of the greatest players in Celtics history.