Paul Pierce has been the Celtics' star since coming into the league in 1998, but he's been part of a struggling team for a good portion of his career. Pierce was only a part of three winning seasons before Kevin Garnett came into town. The teamup—along with the addition of a few key components—led to the Celtics' first championship in 22 years in 2008. Boston became a consistent threat since then, but the trade of Garnett and Pierce to Brooklyn marked the end of an era.

After Boston and Brooklyn finalized the trade, the Celtics took out a full-page ad at the Boston Globe to thank the duo for its service. Pierce leaves Boston as the franchise's second-leading scorer behind John Havlicek

Unfortunately, they showed no love for Jason Terry who also got shipped to Brooklyn:

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ESPN reported the Celtics organization tweeted "To two of the greatest @Celtics Legends of all-time: Thank you. You will always be Celtics."

Wait? The greatest?

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[via ESPN]