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Sep 26, 2016 11:13 AM

Ex-Boston Celtics players Pierce and Garnett announced their retirement from NBA


Former Boston Celtics players Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett announced that this will be their last season as an NBA player.

Pierce made his announcement Monday in a posting on The Players Tribune. He turns 39 next month and says "it's time to move on from the game of basketball" and says he will take time to savor every moment that this season brings.

This will be Pierce's 19th season in the NBA. The 10-time All-Star forward spent his first 15 seasons with the Boston Celtics, and has since played for the Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards and the Los Angeles Clippers.

Garnett made his announcement by posting a video on his Instagram account on Friday, saying "farewell" and "thank you for the journey."

This will be Garnett's 21st season in the NBA. The 15-time All-Star was MVP in 2004 after leading the Timberwolves to the Western Conference finals and ranks first in the league in career defensive rebounds, third in minutes played and fifth in games played.

The 40-year-old Garnett put the Timberwolves on the map by turning one of the most hapless franchises in professional sports into a perennial playoff team. He later helped return the Boston Celtics to glory, winning a championship in 2008.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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