Then there’s Paul Pierce, who will turn 39 shortly after training camp begins. The 17-time All-Star, who helped Rivers win an NBA title in Boston in 2008, is contemplating retirement after being mostly a nonfactor in his first season with the Clippers.
“I think he has another season in him, but the whole key is where he wants to be, healthwise, and how he felt during the season. I can’t figure that one out,” Rivers said. “I mean, he’ll ask me what I think, but that’s a decision Paul’s going to have to make. I think that players thinking about retirement have to come to that conclusion themselves, because it’s so personal.”
Here is the truth (pun intended):
Last season was already one too many for Paul Pierce. His 18 minutes a game, 36.3% field goal percentage, 31.0% three point percentage and 8.29 PER need to go to someone else a lot more productive if the Clippers want to contend.