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Paul Pierce | Forward | #34

Team: Los Angeles Clippers
Age / DOB:  (38) / 10/13/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 235
College: Kansas
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 1 (10) / BOS
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Paul Pierce is expected to play more power forward this season.
The Clippers did add some depth at the four with Brandon Bass and Marreese Speights, so it's somewhat surprising to hear this. Although, both Bass and Speights project as centers in the second unit. Pierce won't have much value in his final season. Sep 26 - 4:47 PM

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Paul Pierce announced on Monday that he will play one more season.

"Just like any difficult decision, I think you’ve got to be at peace with yourself," Pierce said. "I’m at peace with retiring, but I’ve got one more ride left. One more season. One more opportunity." Pierce added that he likes the Clippers' chances of competing for a championship, but it's safe to say that his role will be pretty limited in his 19th and final season. Last year, Pierce played 68 games with averages of 6.1 points, 2.7 boards, 1.0 assists and 1.1 triples, so he's not worth targeting in fantasy leagues.
Sep 26 - 9:08 AM

Doc Rivers does not expect Paul Pierce to decide on his potential retirement until training camp draws closer.

Pierce has been waffling on his desire to play throughout the offseason, and it still doesn't sound like we have much clarity despite some reports suggesting the veteran will be back in the fold. "Paul didn't have the best year last year," Rivers said. "I don't think he wants to go out that way. So I think that's why he's working to try to come back. But he still may change his mind next week. So we just have to wait. I told him if I see him at training camp, I'm assuming he's playing."
Source: ESPN
Sep 10 - 2:47 PM

Paul Pierce will retire with the Celtics when he finally decides to hang them up, according to Clippers head coach Doc Rivers.

While it's still unclear if Pierce will return to the Clippers for the 2016-17 season, Rivers said Pierce will sign a one-day contract with the Celtics when he retires. "I think it’s important," Rivers said. "I think we have to do that. And I think we will. Danny [Ainge] and Mike [Zarren], we’ve already talked. The day he retires he’s going to retire a Celtic. He has to. Paul’s a Celtic. So when he retires he’s got to retire as a Celtic. I don’t think anyone disagrees with me." Retirement plans aside, Pierce won't have any fantasy value even if he does decide to return for the 2016-17 season.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 8 - 9:23 AM

Paul Pierce is still unsure if he'll return for his 19th NBA season, according to Doc Rivers.

"Depends on the day I talk to him," Rivers said regarding Pierce's feelings towards retirement. "Paul has had the summer, he's gone back and forth. I think he has a right to do that. I really do. And so, you know, Paul didn't have the best year last year. I don't think he wants to go out that way, so I think that's why he's working to try to come back. But he still may change his mind next week. So we just have to wait. I told him if I see him at training camp, I'm assuming he's playing." Whether he plays or not, The Truth can be removed from draft boards in all settings.
Source: ESPN
Sep 7 - 12:45 PM

According to Dan Woike of Los Angeles Daily News, Paul Pierce is planning on returning for his 19th season in the NBA.

He's been wavering on his decision for a while now, but Woike adds that he wouldn't be shocked if Pierce changed his mind. If his decision holds, Pierce will be returning to the Clippers with a very limited role after averaging 18.1 minutes in 68 games last season.
Aug 16 - 8:25 PM

Paul Pierce has still yet to decide if he'll play the 2016-17 season with the Clippers.

The Clippers appear ready to move on without Pierce after signing Alan Anderson, so there won't be much of a role for the veteran even if he decides to return. We'll keep an eye on the 38-year-old's plans, but fantasy owners can feel free to move on from The Truth.
Aug 4 - 9:45 AM

Doc Rivers stated during a recent interview that he still doesn't know if Paul Pierce will play next season.

"If Paul decides to retire then we're going to make sure that Boston picks him up for one day and he retires a Celtic because that's what he should retire as," Rivers said. "So we have all that in place. We just don't know what he's going to do. I think Paul's going back and forth on it, and I want to give him room." For what it's worth, we've seen two reports indicating that Pierce intends to suit up for his 19th NBA season, but he won't be a fantasy asset anywhere.
Source: Mass Live
Jul 28 - 5:31 PM

According to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, Paul Pierce still intends to play next season.

Turner did mention that a different source informed him that Pierce still hasn't decided, but we should have a final answer in a few weeks. The Truth still has two years left on his deal, but his salary for the 2017-18 season isn't guaranteed. The 38-year-old will have a limited role if he returns for his 19th NBA season and he won't be worth drafting in standard leagues.
Jul 26 - 10:21 PM

According to Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times, Paul Pierce intends to play next season.

He has two more years left on his deal with the Clippers but the 38-year-old veteran has seriously considered retirement this summer. If Pierce does return to Los Angeles, the Clippers will likely limit his minutes once again with some maintenance days mixed in. He averaged 6.1 points, 2.7 boards, 1.0 assists and 1.1 triples per contest last season.
Jul 9 - 12:24 PM

Paul Pierce reportedly expects to make a decision as to whether or not he will retire within the next few weeks.

Whether or not Pierce decides to hang it up will be largely irrelevant in fantasy hoops. The 38-year-old veteran put up career-lows across the board this past season with averages of just 6.1 points, 2.7 boards, 1.0 assist and 1.1 triples per contest while connecting a mere 36.3 percent of his shot attempts.
Jun 28 - 2:33 PM

Doc Rivers said that Paul Pierce and the Clippers have agreed on a timeline for the veteran to make a decision about potentially retiring.

Even if Pierce does decide to return, he won't be a consistent contributor and may be left out of the rotation altogether. With Los Angeles thin on the wing entering the offseason, perhaps Rivers will talk Pierce into giving it one more go. If The Truth does decide to retire, his game should have no issue translating to the local YMCA. He's not a guy you're targeting in fantasy leagues.
Jun 23 - 7:09 PM

Paul Pierce said he is still undecided on whether he'll return for the 2016-17 season.

While Pierce is still contemplating his NBA future, he said next season will be his last if he does decide to return. "Well, we always say it’s 51-49. I get 51 percent of the vote and the rest of [the family] gets 49," he said. "[My wife’s] input carried a lot of weight. We’ll figure out some things. I know I don’t want to be sitting at home, whatever I do, regardless. If I come back, it will be one more [season] and that will be it. No doubt." Pierce had a lackluster 2015-16 season and can be ignored by fantasy owners even if he does decide to suit up for the 2016-17 season.
Jun 9 - 12:05 PM

When asked about Paul Pierce's underwhelming season, Doc Rivers struggled to find an explanation.

"I don't know," Rivers said. "It was a mystery. He had some games where he looked like the old Paul. I don't know the answer yet, and I haven't sat down with Paul, so I don't want to say much." Although Pierce has two more seasons (one guaranteed) remaining on his current deal with the Clippers, it wouldn't be surprising to see him walk away this summer.
Source: ESPN
May 16 - 12:00 PM

Paul Pierce said he thinks he has another year left.

After the Clippers were knocked out, Pierce said he is about 50-50 to play next year. After playing 15 seasons in a row with the Celtics, Pierce has played for three different teams in three years. His minutes dropped to 18.1 per game last year and he would likely see even fewer minutes next year.
May 2 - 2:11 PM