Paul Pierce played all 15 of his NBA seasons with the Celtics before the team’s GM Danny Ainge decided it was time to enter a full-fledged rebuild which meant ridding the club of expensive veteran salaries that remained on the roster.

Pierce and Kevin Garnett were traded to the Nets this offseason and Doc Rivers — who spent the last nine seasons in Boston — ended up leaving too for an opportunity to coach a contender in the Los Angeles Clippers.

But it wasn’t how Rivers wanted to see his former champions go out especially in Pierce’s case.