Since an emergency trip to the hospital in September of 2000, things have never been more up in the air concerning No. 34's basketball future.
Pierce recovered fully from being stabbed at a nightclub, going on to play all 82 games that season. Of course, Pierce was in his early 20s then. He'll turn 36 before opening night of the 2013-14 season and faces a very different kind of question this offseason.
There is only one professional basketball uniform which Pierce has ever known. Since joining the league in 1998, he has spent every second as a representative of the Boston Celtics organization.
That organization has been craving a new direction for some time now, unable to totally let go of Pierce and all the glory he has brought them over the last 15 years. This offseason may present Danny Ainge and the Celtics with too good an opportunity to move on.
Pierce is set to make $15.3 million next season, though not all of that is guaranteed. The Celtics can opt to pay him $5 million, allowing him to hit the free-agent market while severing his relationship with Boston.
Many signs point directly to that happening soon, with just over a month remaining before his contract becomes guaranteed. If this is the way the script plays out, there are sure to be a few contenders filling up Pierce's phone line.