Celtics rumors: Paul Pierce hopes to return

Boston Celtics team captain Paul Pierce told reporters -- including Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston -- yesterday that he hopes to play at least one more season before examining his future beyond that point. Pierce would like to end his career as a Celtic, but it remains to be determined if Boston will bring him back.

"Well, I always said I want to end my career as a Celtic," Pierce said. "But they're the ones -- I have a contract for next year, but it's not guaranteed. So the decision is in their hands. Whatever decisions they make, maybe if they trade me somewhere or I end up somewhere else, maybe it can be a situation where I come back for a one-day deal and retire a Celtic."

Despite getting another year older, Pierce's production hasn't dropped off. The veteran averaged 18.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game this season, not far from his career totals. He's set to make $15.3 million next season in the final year of the four-year, $61.3 million contract he signed in 2010. Only $5 million is guaranteed, meaning that the Celtics could elect to use the amnesty clause on Pierce rather than bring him back.

While we've seen stars part ways with their long-time franchises in the past, it sounds as if Pierce will end his career with the Celtics one way or another. He and the rest of the team look to keep their current season alive as they'll continue to attempt to stave off elimination against the New York Knicks.

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