Pierce: 'it would be difficult' to see myself in a different uniform

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Pierce: 'it would be difficult' to see myself in a different uniform

Paul Pierce is back for his 15th season in the NBA all with the Celtics.

But the way his 14th season ended undoubtedly hurt an Eastern Conference Finals exit at the hands of the Heat.

What's more, Pierce had no idea what to expect going forward. He spoke with CSNNE's Celtics play-by-play man Mike Gorman about the things going through his mind once the season ended.

"It was difficult not only losing, but not understanding what was next," Pierce said. "A lot of that went in my head after we lost. It was like, 'Is KG going to retire? Are we going to build? Am I going to be playing somewhere else?' It was just a lot of things went through my head."

But Pierce wouldn't have left Boston, would he?

"It really did cross my mind because of the way things went with the trade rumors, the possibility of me being traded, possibility of us rebuilding. It's like, it was hard not to think about that. Sometimes it wears on your mentally. You don't know what your future is going to be or what's your next step."

That's fair, but come on Paul you couldn't reallllly see yourself on another team, right?

"It would be difficult," he admitted. "I was telling somebody the other day that I was pretty much institutionalized. If I go anywhere else I couldn't see it."

Paul George on trade talks: 'Thought I’d be in the loop a little more'

Paul George on trade talks: 'Thought I’d be in the loop a little more'

After a lot of speculation ahead of the trade deadline, Paul George is still a member of the Indiana Pacers.

Meeting with the media at Thursday's practice, George addressed the rumors, but sounded a bit frustrated about not being “in the loop” in regards to trade talks. 

“I was kind of on the ropes just like you guys were on what was about to happen,” George told reporters, per Clark Wade of the Indianapolis Star. “It’s kind of a dark moment, a lot of uncertainty. That was the frustrating part. You want me to be your guy here, thought I’d be in the loop a little more.”

The Celtics were one of the teams who were reportedly interested in George, but on the CSN Trade Deadline Special, Chris Mannix said the C's “weren’t really close” to landing the All-Star.

George, 26, will be a free agent after the 2017-18 season. 

Chris Mannix: Competition around Celtics just got a lot better

Chris Mannix: Competition around Celtics just got a lot better

Chris Mannix talks with Abby Chin about the teams in the East making moves at the trade deadline while the Boston Celtics stood pat.