Paul Pierce says NBA season with LA Clippers will be the last of his career
"It's time to move on from the game of basketball," says Paul Pierce. AP

PAUL Pierce is set for his farewell tour.

On Monday, the NBA star announced that he will be playing one final season with his hometown Los Angeles Clippers before calling time on a career crowned by a championship with the Boston Celtics.

The 38-year-old forward made his announcement in a post on the website The Player's Tribune, saying he is at peace with the thought of retirement after 18 seasons in the pro league.

"Just like any difficult decision, I think you’ve got to be at peace with yourself. I’m at peace with retiring, but I’ve got one more ride left. One more season. One more opportunity," he posted.

"It’s time to move on from the game of basketball."

Pierce, however, is looking to put a fitting end to his career, saying he wants to go out with nothing less than a championship with the Clippers.

"With the Clippers, in the city where I grew up, I feel like I have that opportunity on a great team. We’re hungry. We want to win a championship," he said.

He made his announcement just days after Kevin Garnett, his teammate in that Celtics champion team of 2008, announced his retirement.

"After 18 NBA years, it’s hard to believe I’ll be playing in each arena for the last time. So I’m going to enjoy every practice, every bus ride, every team dinner, every time running out through the tunnel. I’m going to do my part to give us a shot at the ultimate goal."

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