Boston Celtics will retire Paul Pierce's jersey number next season

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Earlier this summer, Paul Pierce signed a one-day contract with the Boston Celtics so he could officially retire as a Celtic.

The veteran small forward called time on his illustrious career after a stellar 19 years in the NBA where he represented four teams.

Despite going on to play for another three organisations after leaving the Celtics in 2013, Pierce will always be remembered for his time in the green uniform.

He spent the first 15 years of his storied career in Boston and won his only championship with the franchise in 2008.

The 39-year-old was also named as the Finals MVP during that title win and secured many other accomplishments along the way.

He also became a 10-time All-Star during his stint in Beantown and is the second highest scorer in the team's history and ranks third in games played.

With those achievements in Boston, it comes as no surprise that the franchise is willing to give him one of the biggest individual honours a player can receive.

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Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca has confirmed that Pierce's number 34 jersey will officially be retired next season and will be hanging from the TD Garden rafters.

"It’s going to be fantastic," Pagliuca told The Boston Globe. "For our era, the most recent era, he embodied the Celtics’ leadership, the Celtics’ brand and was the MVP of the championship team. So it’s going to be fantastic to see that happen."

Pagliuca didn't confirm when the ceremony will take place but hinted to ESPN's Chris Forsberg that details would be revealed very soon.

The Truth will become the 22nd Celtics player to have his jersey retired, following in the footsteps of legends such as Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Bill Russell and Robert Parish.

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The Los Angeles native was drafted by the C's with the 10th pick in the 1998 draft and averaged 21.8 points, six rebounds, and 3.9 assists during his tenure.

He was part of a dominant big three with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen that secured that Larry O'Brien trophy in 2008 and they have been credited for beginning this era of 'superteams'.

After his successful time with Boston, Pierce was traded to the Brooklyn Nets and that move helped the team secure multiple lottery picks and rebuild.

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In the last two drafts, they have selected talented youngsters Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum and will also select a top draft prospect with their 2019 pick too.

It will be a special night at TD Garden when Pierce's number 34 goes up and it'll definitely be a hot ticket for all Celtics fans who wouldn't want to miss it for the world.

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