The Brooklyn Nets have agreed in principle to acquire Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry from the Boston Celtics in exchange for 3-first round picks, Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, and Keith Bogans in one of the biggest blockbuster trades in recent memory.
Talks started Thursday afternoon and quickly turned serious.
The final hurdle in the trade was Kevin Garnett waiving his no-trade clause which he agreed to do. The deal can’t become official until July 10th.
Boston’s 3 first round picks will be in 2014, 2016, and 2018. The Celtics also receive Kris Joseph in the deal.
The Nets clearly aren’t messing around establishing themselves as favorites in the Eastern Conference along with the Miami Heat. A starting lineup of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Brook Lopez may be the most complete starting five in the NBA.
The acquisition of Pierce gives the Nets much needed scoring at the small forward spot with Gerald Wallace having a disappointing year offensively before finally coming to life in the playoffs. Pierce seemed destined to play his entire hall of fame career with the Celtics, but that won’t happen now.
Garnett brings with him major intensity that last year’s Nets team lacked, as well as consistent scoring from the power forward spot. Reggie Evans in a starting role was a major offensive liability, and Humphries struggled to stay in the rotation last season. Garnett is a major improvement with his ability to stretch the defense as well as score in the paint.
Brooklyn was criticized heavily for not showing enough passion in the Nets first round playoff loss to the Bulls and Garnett should fix that as well.
Jason Terry is coming off one of his worst statistical season as a pro. His 10.1 points per game were the lowest since his rookie year in 1999 when he averaged 8.1 points per game.
Hopefully for the Nets, the soon to be 36-year-old Terry return to the way he played while with the Mavericks.
If the Nets thought last season was championship or bust, just wait for this upcoming season’s expectations which will be through the roof.
It will be very fascinating to see how the recently retired, now newly named head coach, Jason Kidd handles the pressure. Billy King and Mikhail Prokorhov have done everything possible to put the best product on the floor, and now it’s up to Kidd to deliver.
He retired from the NBA 24 days ago, and now is expected to lead a team deep into the playoffs, if not to a championship. We wish him the best of luck.
The Celtics should be happy for getting some value in return for Pierce and Garnett, allowing them to enter a true rebuilding stage after Doc Rivers left Boston for the Clippers. The 3-first round picks though will most likely be at the bottom of the first round.
It’s curious as to why the Celtics agreed to pick up the 3-years and $30 million dollars left on Gerald Wallace’s contract. Wallace had a down year for the Nets playing a high risk, reckless style of basketball and now Boston has to pay him a lot of money over the next 3 season.
Kris Humphries’ expiring contract brings Boston some value and MarShon Brooks has a ton of talent, but never really got a fair chance to show what he could do in Brooklyn. The Celtics also received Keith Bogans who doesn’t have much left in the tank, as well as Kris Joseph who is a bench player.
The Celtics look like they’ve left Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green to dry. Rondo has been known to have an attitude and it will be interesting to see how he takes playing on a team that’s not going to be expected to do very much.
Boston and Danny Ainge may have their targets on getting a top pick in the 2014 draft when highly rated prospects Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker will be on the board. Both Wiggins and Parker would have very likely been the first pick of the 2013 draft if eligible. Wiggins is viewed as one of the best prospects since LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
Although it’s a long shot, Boston has a shot at landing Wiggins using the assets provided by the Nets and the Clippers in the deal for Doc Rivers. That would be ideal for the Celtics.