Paul Pierce Reportedly Waived by Clippers After Previously Announcing Retirement

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30:  Paul Pierce #34 of the Los Angeles Clippers looks on during the second half of Game Seven of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Utah Jazz  at Staples Center at Staples Center on April 30, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Clippers reportedly waived longtime NBA forward Paul Pierce on Wednesday following his retirement after the 2016-17 season. 

Shams Charania of The Vertical passed along the news. Brian Windhorst of ESPN previously reported Pierce was willing to extend his contract deadline if the Clippers wanted an opportunity to move his salary as part of a potential trade.

The 39-year-old Boston Celtics legend played a limited role throughout his final season in Los Angeles. That said, his career resume includes 10 All-Star Game selections and an NBA Finals MVP award from the Celts' triumph in 2008.

He announced his intention to sign a contract with the Celtics to officially retire as a member of the organization, which the Clippers' move will make possible. Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck also confirmed the franchise will retire his No. 34.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles did make a blockbuster deal Wednesday to send Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets, per Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

The Clippers didn't need to include Pierce's salary in the deal in order to make it work under the salary cap, though.

Along with the Clippers and Celtics, the University of Kansas product also made stops with the Brooklyn Nets and Washington Wizards during a career that spanned two decades.

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