The trade rumors are swirling around the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics prior to tonight’s 2013 NBA Draft. In the potential trade, the Nets would be acquiring Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett from the Celtics in exchange for Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Tornike Shengelia and 3 first round draft picks. Adding Pierce and Garnett to a team that boasts the likes of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez would certainly make the Nets a strong contender in the Eastern Conference next season. The Celtics are currently in a transition phase after losing Coach Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers and seem to be ready to clean house and start rebuilding around point guard Rajon Rondo.
In order for this trade to be pulled off there are a lot of pieces that would need to be moved into place rather quickly. Currently, the Nets have the 22nd pick in tonight’s draft and it is rumored that GM Billy King is either looking to trade up or to acquire another late 1st rounder. If the Nets can pull off one of these deals it would certainly look as though this trade could happen.
The other major piece to this deal being completed is Kevin Garnett and his current no-trade clause. Garnett could end these trade speculations simply by saying no to joining Brooklyn. However, with Rivers leaving for Los Angeles and the Celtics on the decline Garnett might welcome a change of scenery and one last chance at winning another ring with his buddy Pierce.
The other major obstacle for this trade will be the willingness of the Celtics front office to trade the two faces of their franchise to a division rival. Paul Pierce has led the Celtics since he came into the league in 1998 and Garnett has been an emotional leader and fan favorite since joining the team in 2007. This might be a tough move for the Celtics and their fans, but for a team looking to rebuild with young talent or hoping to make a run at prized free agent Dwight Howard this off-season, it might be their only option.
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