Paul Pierce's career with the Celtics might be over

Has Paul Pierce played his last game in Celtics green?

5/15/13 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

May 3, 2013; Boston, MA, USA;  Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34) during the second quarter in game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the New York Knicks at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY SportsFor the past 15 years, Paul Pierce has been a Celtic. He's been the face of the franchise for over a decade, and the leader for a Celtics team that has been a title contender ever since the arrival of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in 2007.

His final game this year was a rough one, an 88-80 series clinching loss to the Knicks in which Pierce scored only 14 points on an abysmal shooting performance, going 4-18 from the floor and 1-9 from three point range.

That might be Pierce's final game in a Celtics uniform, depending on how GM Danny Ainge decides to move forward.

Pierce has said that he would prefer to stay with the Celtics under his current contract, which would pay him approximately $15M next year.

Ainge, on the other hand, is reportedly considering releasing Pierce and using the amnesty clause, or possibly trading him. That's what Pierce thinks will happen, regardless of what he actually wants.

This could create a domino effect of sorts, as Kevin Garnett's future could hinge on whatever happens with Pierce.

If Pierce is no longer with the Celtics, Garnett might consider retirement, something he has hinted at before, or possibly allow the Celtics to trade him, most likely to LA (either the Lakers or Clippers).

Depending on how Ainge decides to handle this situation, it could be the end of an era in Boston. Should he try to keep the group together and make one last attempt at a title run? Or is it time to blow it up and start fresh?
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