The Boston Celtics plan to retire Paul Pierce’s No. 34 jersey in the coming season, according to team co-owner Steve Pagliuca. However, CBS Boston reported that Pagliuca did not mention a specific date when the Celtics will hold the jersey retirement ceremony for Pierce. Pierce played for the Celtics for 15 seasons, leading them to a championship in 2008, the franchise’s 17th NBA title. While he helped the team win the 2008 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets five years later for four future first round draft picks, which included Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.

The Celtics then traded Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets, where he played for one season before moving to the Washington Wizards during the 2014-15 season. After one season with the Wizards, Pierce joined his former Celtics coach Doc Rivers with the Los Angeles Clippers where he suited up for two seasons. Last month, Pierce signed a one-day contract with Boston so he can retire as a Celtic. In his 15-year career with the Celtics, he scored 24,021 points, the second-most points scored in franchise history, and 26,397 in his 19-year career. Pierce’s No. 34 jersey will be the 22nd number to hang in the rafters at TD Garden.

Social media abuzz about date of Pierce’s jersey retirement

Adam Kaufman of WBZ News Radio predicted that the jersey retirement ceremony will happen in one of four dates when the Celtics face the Los Angeles Lakers on November 8 or February 14 when they take on the Los Angeles Clippers. Kaufman said it can also happen on March 14 against the Wizards or April 11 against the Nets.

Some see it fit that Pierce’s jersey ceremony be held during the Celtics home game against the Lakers. Pierce won Finals MVP honors when he led the Celtics to victory over the Lakers in the 2008 NBA Finals. In addition, Pierce grew up a Lakers fan. If the Celtics want Rivers to attend the ceremony, they should hold it when the Clippers visit the town.

They could also do it on January 3 or February 11 so LeBron James can witness the event.

Make it a standalone event

For Celtics radio play-by-play man Sean Grande of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Boston should make the No. 34 retirement ceremony a stand-alone event, giving the team a whole night to honor and recognize’s Pierce contribution to the squad. A 10th overall pick by the Celtics in 1998, Pierce was a 10-time All-Star and a one-time member of the All-NBA Second Team in 2009. He was also selected three times to the All-NBA Third Team in 2002, 2003 and 2008.