Paul Pierce saw his playoff hopes crushed for another year last night as the Miami Heat completed a 4-1 series win against his Brooklyn Nets.
In the aftermath of the heartbreaking 96-94 defeat questions were immediately raised regarding the veteran's future with some suggesting that Pierce, now 36, may be ready to retire.
The former Boston Celtics man however, was defiant in his response:
"I still think I have something to give a team," Pierce said via New York Post's Tim Bontemps.
Bontempts also noted that Pierce believes that he has one or two more years left in him in the NBA.
Where the 2008 champion will play in those years remains up in the air however with the player himself coy on whether he will remain with the Nets, the team he joined in the summer of 2013.
Brooklyn will most likely be keen to retain the services of Pierce having shelled out a lot to bring him, and Kevin Garnett to the franchise in a bid to challenge at the top end of the league.
Garnett's future also remains in question with the player leaving the Heat's arena last night without speaking to the media.
Pierce averaged 13.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 2013-14 and a return to his great love, the Boston Celtics, has been mooted in the past.
Whether that would appeal to the player in reality however seems unlikely with the Celtics having struggled last season and far from a team ready to challenge in the postseason - surely something Pierce is looking for in the twilight of his illustrious career.