Losing a playoff series marks the end of a long season for one team. Sometimes it can mark to end of a career for the players on it. This could be the case for 18-year NBA veteran Paul Pierce.
When ask about retirement and what his future holds, Pierce, noticeably emotional, said it would be something he really thinks about this offseason
“Each and every year for the last couple years, I’ve thought long and hard about walking away from the game." Said Pierce. "The process is even going to continue this summer as I think long and hard, as I step closer to getting older in age, seeing how my body feels, talk to my family. Don’t want to make an emotional decision right now.”
Pierce entered the league in 1998 as the 10th overall pick of the Boston Celtics. After spending the first 15-years of his career in Boston, “The Truth” was shipped to Brooklyn before the 2013 season. He spent one season with the Nets, then spent the next season in Washington, before eventually signing a 3-year, $10.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers in July of 2015.
With two years remaining on the contract it might not make financial sense to walk away. However, Pierce has seen a steady downward trend in his production over the past four season; father time may be catching up to him.
This past season with the Clippers, Pierce had the worst statistical output of his storied career. He averaged just 6.1 ppg, 1.0 apg, 2.7 rpg, 18.1 minutes, and started just 38 games; All career lows. In fact, it was the first time in his career Pierce didn’t average double-digits scoring. With those numbers, it may be time for Pierce to hang them up. But 18-years in the league is hard to walk away from.
“You just never know…Right now it’s 50/50. We’ll see how I feel when I wake up. If I feel like getting ready for next season. If I don’t feel that feel, if that fire’s not there, then it’s going to be tough.”