The Celtics have a team option on Paul Pierce's contract for the 13-14 season.
"I think I am going to play this one out," said Pierce. "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. It's not about the money at this point. 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) but I really don't know the specifics on the (Kevin Garnett) deal or Jason Terry's deal. If i solidify my third year, maybe they opt out, so it's about keeping your options open."
Pierce isn't bothered by the possibility of the Celtics not picking up that option.
"Not at all. I mean if they don't want me back, I feel like I'm good enough and I'll be wanted by a lot of teams. I'm coming into this year and I just made another all-star team at 34. So I'm still feel like I'm playing at a great level."