Celtics Offseason 2012: Paul Pierce Will Test Free Agency In 2013

Paul Pierce isn't waiting around to let his intentions be known for when his contract expires.

One of the greatest Boston Celtics players of all-time doesn't want a contract extension, opting instead to test free agency after next season, according to SI.com.

In an interview with Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe on Saturday, Pierce stated the following:

"I think I am going to play this one out," Pierce said. "I want to see what it feels like to be a free agent for once in my life. I think I am going to play this one out. A lot can change in two years. My body [may not] be where I want it to be, I could retire, a lot of things could happen. I love the game. I made as much money as I possibly can. It’s about winning a championship and if I feel like it’s the right thing to do, maybe so [come back]. If I solidify my third year, maybe they opt out, so it’s about keeping your options open."

Despite being 34-years-old, Pierce remains very valuable to the squad after averaging just over 19 points per game in 2011-12. If he decides to leave after what will be his 15th season with Boston, it would be a hammer to the heart of many Celtics fans.

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