Earlier in the week at his camp at Basketball City, Paul told CSN’s Greg Dickerson that this would be his last contract and that once his NBA days are done he wants to play and live overseas in either Italy or Greece.
After these three or four years that I’m going to play, then I think that’s going to be it for the game of basketball. I put so much into this game. As far as retiring from the NBA, I think I will be done after this contract because, eventually, I want to go overseas and play and live for a couple of years. That’s why this is a big contract for me, knowing I’m going to retire a Boston Celtic. I want to go to either Italy or Greece for a year. I think I want to be able to bring my family over to just kind of share a different experience overseas for a couple of years, before I settle into retirement.
Chris Forsberg broke down Pierce’s contract situation, pointing out that the final year of that four-year, $61 million deal isn’t fully guaranteed.