Tuesday , Jul , 18 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Pierce to have elbow surgery

Waltham, MA (Sports Network) – Just days after inking a three-year contract
extension worth a reported $59 million, Paul Pierce announced that he will
have surgery on his left elbow August 1.

“It’s a minor surgery just to clean out some things that went wrong during the
season but I don’t expect it to hold me out of training camp or any of the
[regular] season,” said Pierce during a press conference to discuss his new

Pierce has spent each of his eight NBA seasons with the Celtics, who made him
the 10th overall pick of the 1998 NBA Draft after a standout collegiate career
at Kansas. He has averaged 23.5 points with 6.5 rebounds and is the eighth-
leading scorer in Celtics history.

Pierce, a five-time All-Star and team captain, averaged a career-high 26.8
points with 6.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists during the 2005-06 season.

“Moving forward now, knowing that Paul will be here with the collection of
young guys that we have. I’ve said many times I don’t like where we’re at now
but I like where we’re going,” said Boston head coach Doc Rivers.