Pierce signs with Celtics, immediately retires

Paul Pierce has retired with the the Celtics, with whom his career began nearly 20 years ago.

In what is apparently becoming a new NBA trend, Paul Pierce signed a contract with the Boston Celtics in order to retire with the club, the team announced Monday.

Per ESPN:

Pierce, a 10-time NBA All-Star, spent the first 15 years of his career with Boston, winning a title in 2008. In announcing Pierce’s retirement, co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said Pierce’s No. 34 will soon hang in the rafters at TD Garden.

“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. “We congratulate Paul on a Hall of Fame career, and look forward to seeing his number raised to the rafters of TD Garden.”

Pierce also spent time with the Brooklyn Nets a few years back, and the Los Angeles Clippers last season, when he made his intentions to retire known.

The Celtics tweeted pictures and videos of Pierce signing the contract from team president Danny Ainge’s office.

Pierce was selected by Boston with the No. 10 overall pick in the 1998 draft. In 15 years with the Celtics, he averaged 21.8 points on 45 percent shooting.