Paul Pierce eyeing free agency?

This kind of came out of left field, but a day after Paul Pierce sat down with Molly McGrath for an exclusive interview, Pierce spoke with the Boston Globe. His answer when asked about his contract with a team option for 2013-14 was a bit surprising:
"I think I am going to play this one out. 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 KG deal or Jason Terry's deal. If i solidify my third year, maybe they opt out, so it's about keeping your options open."

I think Pierce has a lot of pride in his game and might be feeling a bit vulnerable with the team option coming up. By saying he's looking forward to being a free agent, it puts some power back in his hands. Would have been nice to hear Pierce reiterate his desire to be a Celtics Lifer, but it is what it is. Pierce could be traded, Pierce could leave as a free agent, or Pierce could retire as a Celtic. Nothing is guaranteed.