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Boston Celtics: 5 Reasons This Will Be Paul Pierce's Final Season in Boston
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Pierce and Rivers may be entering their final season together.

Perhaps lost among all of the moves, all the wheeling and the dealing made and done by the Boston Celtics this summer has been the status of the Truth.

Paul Pierce has just one year left on his contract. The captain, who has spent every day of his 14-year career as a Celtic, has a team option on his deal for the 2013-2014 season. But by no means is it a given that the C's will pick it up.

If you look at the team's moves since free agency opened on July 1, the Celts are clearly looking with one eye toward the future. They invested multi-year deals in three players under the age of 28 in Brandon Bass, Jeff Green and Courtney Lee. 

There were moves made for a couple of veterans; the re-signing of Kevin Garnett and the importing of Jason Terry from Dallas. But look at the team's revamped core.

Along with Bass, Green and Lee, Rajon Rondo is obviously a mainstay. And rookie Jared Sullinger stands to see plenty of time as well.

Boston is reloading without having to tear the whole thing down and start from scratch. And a year from now, just a couple of months away from his 36th birthday and potentially a free agent for the first time in his career, it may make the most sense for Pierce to move on.

Here's a few reasons why.

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