Mar 7, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) tries to steal the ball from Brooklyn Nets small forward Paul Pierce (34) during the first quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Paul Pierce open to Boston Celtics' return


For the second time this season, Brooklyn Nets’ swingman Paul Pierce returned to the T.D. Garden Friday night.

Pierce, who was drafted by the Celtics with the 10th overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft, spent the first 15 years of his career with the Celtics before he was traded to the Nets, along with power forward Kevin Garnett, in the offseason, scored 10 points in a 91-84 loss.

Pierce loved playing for the Celtics and admitted he would be open to returning to Boston some day.

“Yeah, why not?” Pierce said when asked if he would possibly play for the Celtics again via Jared Weiss of Celtics Blog. “Maybe as a player, maybe as a coach. Who knows what the future holds?”

Although it may not be as a player, Pierce plans on returning to Boston in some capacity.

“Ultimately, what I would like to do is have a business in Boston,” he said. “Maybe like a sports bar. I would love to do something like that here. None of the former Celtic great players have come and done that. I thought about it, and why hasn’t anyone come and opened up a nice restaurant? You see the Don Shula restaurant, the Michael Jordan restaurant, and Magic [Johnson] got the theaters in LA. Why nobody here? All this history, all these championships and love, why has nobody done that?”

Pierce is averaging 13.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game this season.

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