Paul Pierce will make at least one more trip back to Boston this season when the Brooklyn Nets revisit TD Garden in March. Eventually, however, Pierce could return for good.
In a one-on-one conversation before Sunday’s game, Pierce said he “would come back” to the Boston Celtics organization, TV play-by-play announcer Mike Gorman said Monday in a radio interview. Pierce would not necessarily be back in a playing capacity — he could always come back in a managerial or coaching capacity — but it’s no secret that Celtics fans would love to see him retire in a green uniform.
“He really left the door wide open,” Gorman said on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich. “He said he would come back and work in the front office, [as an] assistant coach. He smiled and said he would come back as a player — and really smiled when he said he would come back as a broadcaster.
“Paul wants to stay in basketball, and his heart remains in Boston. He knew he was connected to this city, but when he left and came back, he really knew how connected he was.”
Pierce, 36, is in the final season of a four-year, $61 million contract he signed with the Celtics in 2010. His $15 million option was picked up last offseason. He played 15 seasons in Boston, long maintaining that he desired to play his entire career with the Celtics.