Los Angeles Clippers small forward Paul Pierce may to be readying himself for one final run at a second NBA championship ring before he heads into retirement.
According to reports, Pierce is indicating that he will play for one more season with Doc Rivers in LA, although a change of mind is still possible.
It had been thought by some that Pierce may call it a day following the Clippers’ first round exit from last season’s playoffs due to injuries to Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.
However, Pierce, who signed a three-year contract when joining the Clippers last summer, now appears set to stay on in an attempt to capture an elusive second NBA title, winning his first with the Boston Celtics back in 2008.
Pierce, or ‘The Truth’ as he was nicknamed by Shaquille O’Neal, has made the fourth most three-pointers ever in the NBA and is the 16th highest scorer in league history - playing the 2016-17 season would give him a shot at breaking into the top ten.
If Pierce was to return, it would likely be a similar role to last season, where the 38-year-old was used more sparingly by Rivers in a small-ball power forward position.
Additions made by Rivers this summer also make the Clippers an even bigger threat to the current favourites, the Golden State Warriors.
Marreese Speights, from the Warriors, and Alan Anderson joined in free agency to strengthen LA’s squad depth even more, and if both Paul and Griffin can stay healthy there is no reason why the Clippers cannot challenge in 2017.
With Pierce’s additional experience helping Rivers to lead his squad on the court, one of the NBA’s greatest ever players could still go out on a high.