Los Angeles Clippers’ forward Paul Pierce suffered a sprained ankle during warm-ups before Tuesday’s game against the Sacramento Kings. Pierce stepped on the foot of a sideline reporter and was held out of the franchise’s preseason finale as a result.
No definite timetable for his return has been provided by Los Angeles while the Clippers open the regular season on Oct. 27.
The 39-year-old signed with the Clippers for their mid-level exception in July 2015. He put up 6.1 points per game, far below his previous career low of 11.5, which was set in 2014-2015. While there was speculation that he would retire, Pierce returned for this season, but said he plans to retire as a member of the Boston Celtics at the end of the year.
The 10-time All-Star is 15th all-time in career games played and second among active players. Pierce spent most of his career with the Celtics while winning a title in 2008. On July 12, 2013, he and teammate Kevin Garnett were traded to the Brooklyn Nets for a package of picks and players. Unhappy in Brooklyn, he signed with the Washington Wizards for one season before heading to the west coast.
Pierce, with 26,316 points, ranks 16th in NBA history in points scored and 19th in steals. He was notably the 1999 Rookie of the Year and has made four All-NBA teams along the way. Known for his ability to make big shots, Pierce has long been known by the appropriate nickname, “The Truth.”