After losing to the Miami Heat last year in the Eastern Conference Finals, Paul Pierce actually thought about leaving the only team that he’s ever known. There were a lot of uncertainties heading into the offseason, such as the status of Ray Allen and whether or not Kevin Garnett would retire. Therefore, Pierce couldn’t help but wonder if Danny Ainge was going to blow up the team or not.
“It was difficult not only losing, but not understanding what was next,” Pierce said. “A lot of that went in my head after we lost. It was like is (Kevin Garnett) gonna retire? Are we gonna rebuild? Am I gonna be playing somewhere else? A lot of things went through my head….It really did cross my mind,” Pierce said. “The way last year went with the trade rumors, the possibility of me being traded the possibility of us rebuilding, it was hard not to think about it, sometimes it wears on you mentally because you can’t know what your future is gonna be or what’s gonna be your next step.”
Pierce, however, is not going anywhere. Despite, the departure of Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett signed a new contract for three years and the Celtics added veterans Jason Terry and Courtney Lee to replace Ray at the 2 spot.
With the new additions, Pierce believes that the Celtics are still contenders, which also means that he isn’t going anywhere any time soon. In fact, he hopes to settle down in Boston even after he retires a Celtic.
“I was telling somebody the other day I’m pretty much institutionalized [in Boston],” Pierce said. “If I went somewhere else I couldn’t see it. Hopefully I can be here a lot longer than even my playing days. Just to help along with coaching and management, I’ve really given some thought to that, giving back to what the game has given to me. And I hope I can continue to do that in Boston.”