Direct quotes from Pierce.
ďI mean, I really donít want to be part of a rebuilding situation again. I just think at this point in time thatís something that would wear on me too much mentally that I donít know what decision I may make if I have to. I may retire if I have to. You know, thatís something thatís a year-end process, especially given the situation that we have right now.Ē
According to Pierce, his call will be dictated by the direction the Celtics take moving forward. And while he has stated strongly that he would like to end his career with the club, he opened the door wide to the possibility he could finish elsewhere.
ďItís all on what they plan on doing,Ē said Pierce. ďIf they try to go into a rebuild mode, then, you know, I donít know if I want to be a part of that. But thatís up to them and what they need to do. I donít want to go out on a rebuild mode.
ďI want an opportunity to at least try to win another championship, simple and plain. And if thatís not going to be here ó if thatís going to be somewhere else ó so be it. Thatís what it has to be. I mean, even the greatest players played for other franchises."