Paul Pierce officially retires after signing with Celtics

Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce (34) has signed with the team so he can retire as a Boston Celtic. (Darron Cummings/AP)

Paul Pierce has officially retired with the Boston Celtics after signing with them earlier Monday.

“It’s an honor to have this opportunity to once again call myself a Boston Celtic,” said Pierce in a press release. “The organization and city took me in and made me one of their own, and I couldn’t imagine ending my career any other way. I’m a Celtic for life.”

A 19-year NBA veteran, “The Truth” was selected by the Celtics with the 10th overall pick in the 1998 Draft. After helping them win an NBA Championship in 2008, Pierce was traded by the Celtics to the Brooklyn Nets in 2013.

Throughout Pierce’s 15-year run with the Celtics, he scored the second most points in franchise history with 24,021. He also tops their record board with 1,823 three-pointers, 6,434 free throws and 1,583 steals.

Pierce spent the 2016-17 season with the Clippers, and was waived in June with a year remaining on his current contract.