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Boston Celtics Rumors: Paul Pierce Could Return Next Season

Paul Pierce

Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

It was a sad ending of an era this past offseason for the Boston Celtics. After 15 long seasons, Paul Pierce moved on to a new team for the first time in his NBA career. The veteran forward was part of a trade that sent him to the Brooklyn Nets, something that Pierce wasn’t necessarily in favor of.

But according to Celtics GM Danny Ainge, The Truth could be back in Bean Town before too long. When asked during a recent interview about the chances of Pierce returning, Ainge said, “At the right price, right circumstance.”

Pierce is set to be a free agent following the conclusion of the Nets season, so the possibility of a return is very real. However, we’ll have to wait and see how things turn out for Brooklyn in the playoffs.

The Nets are set to square off against the Toronto Raptors and they certainly have a real chance of pulling the upset. If that happens, Brooklyn will likely have a showdown against the defending champs in the semi-finals. As we all know, the Nets swept the Heat in the 2013-14 regular season.

Point being, the length of Brooklyn’s postseason run will have a big impact on Pierce’s future plans. He still wants to win another title before he retires, and right now he has a better chance of doing so in New York than Boston. At the same time, if he feels his body is giving out and his playing days are limited, he could opt to return to the Celtics for one last farewell tour next season, regardless of the team’s contender status.

The Nets aren’t likely to make the ECF or Finals this year, but if they do, I think Pierce could be talked in to staying around for one more run. If they get bounced early, start the countdown to The Truth’s return to Boston.