(NEW YORK) — Win or lose tonight against the Knicks, Paul Pierce wants to play in Boston at least one more year.
Pierce is scheduled to make $15.3 million in the final year of a four-year contract, but only $5 million of that is guaranteed.
“Truthfully, I haven’t put too much thought into [the future],” Pierce said on Wednesday. “The organization is going to do what they’re going to do. There’s nothing that’s stressing me out. That’s what it is. Every year they’ve got decisions to make and those are their decisions. So I’ll leave it to them.”
Pierce brought home the 17th NBA championship in Celtics history in 2008, but knows it comes down to management.
“Well, I always said I want to end my career as a Celtic,” said Pierce. “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.”
Pierce will turn 36 this October.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN