In full rebuilding mode, the Boston Celtics found a suitor for a blockbuster deal involving their two aging stars.
After failing to hash out a fuller deal with the Los Angeles Clippers last week, the Boston Celtics have agreed to a trade with the Brooklyn Nets that will send Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to Brooklyn for three first round picks (2014, 2016, 2018) along with Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, MarShon Brooks and Keith Bogans.
According to ESPN.com, NBA sources said that Garnett waived his no-trade clause, which was the last step in completing the deal.
Although the trade won’t be made official until July 10th – when the league will begin authorizing such transactions – it has been agreed upon by both sides and is basically a done deal.
Boston had begun to attempt to shop its veteran stars following the end of its 2013 playoff run, which was why coach Doc Rivers – sensing that the organization was heading into a rebuilding phase – started to look for another job.
The Celtics helped him find one with the Clippers by letting him out of his old deal and received a first-round pick in exchange. It was during those negotiations – which lasted almost all of last week – that Boston tried to include Pierce and Garnett into the deal, but after failing to reach an agreement, the sides settled on swapping Rivers for the draft pick.
“I knew it come coming,” Rivers said of the blockbuster trade involving Garnett and Pierce. “Danny [Ainge, the Celtics' GM] and I had talked about that over the last three or four weeks. I knew all this was going to happen. It’s obviously sad whenever an era or time ends, and it has now. That’s the sad part.”
Although an era may have come to and end in Boston, both sides are getting exactly what they wanted. The Celtics have acquired three first round picks and a slew of younger players that they may be able to build around, while the Nets have added two big-name talents to a roster that already includes Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez. That starting five – if those are the five new coach Jason Kidd goes with – would easily be the most intimidating in the league.
It seems like a win-win, but which team do you think came out on top after this trade? Let us know in the comments and add to the discussion in our forum!