Paul Pierce Considers Retirement Following Season

April 10, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34) during the second half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Paul Pierce is considering retirement following this season with the Celtics.

The second-highest scorer in Boston Celtics history, Paul Pierce, is considering hanging it up after the 2011-12 season, according to the Boston Herald.

"I don't know," said the second-leading scorer in Celtics history. "I've thought about it. I don't know. I've got to see how my summer goes with my kids."

Jeff Clark from Celtics Blog shares his thoughts:

Or maybe, just maybe, Paul was trying a little motivational psychology to make sure that the team remembers that this might just be their last shot together. Regardless, it is a good reminder to me and the rest of Celtics nation to enjoy these moments while they last.

The 34 year old Pierce is still producing at a high level. Last season he recorded a PER (Player Efficiency Rating) or 19.7 – his highest since 06-07. This year his PER isn't far behind at 18.8, despite shooting 43 percent – his lowest since 03-04.

For more Celtics coverage, visit CelticsBlog.

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