The Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics stole the spotlight during last night’s crazy NBA Draft by agreeing in principle to a blockbuster trade that would send Celtics legends Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn. The Nets would also acquire Jason Terry in the deal in exchange for Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, Keith Bogans and future first round picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018. The trade seemed to have passed the final hurdle when it was reported by several media sources that Kevin Garnett agreed to waive his no-trade clause. However, the deal cannot be official until July 10 when the moratorium period ends and the salary cap is officially determined for next season.
The trade sends both teams in quite different directions. With the addition of 2 future Hall of Famers and the former 6th man of the year it seems Mikhail Prokhorov is trying to keep his guarantee that the team would win a championship by 2015. The owner is certainly not afraid to put his money where his mouth is. The Nets payroll is expected to end up around $100 million by the time the off-season is over, with their starters making over $82 million. The Nets are built to win now and have given up an awful lot for, at most, a 2 year run at supremacy in the NBA. Garnett, 37, and Terry, 35, have 2 years remaining on their contracts and Pierce, 35, has 1 year left on his deal. All 3 seemed to have had their struggles this season but now that they are paired with Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson you can’t help but think they will be rejuvenated.
For the Celtics, they seem to officially be in rebuilding mode after trading away Coach Doc Rivers earlier in the week and now shipping out fan favorites, Pierce and Garnett. The Celtics received 4 future 1st round picks from the Nets and Clippers, as well as drafting Centers Kelly Olynyk, from Gonzaga, and Colton Iverson, from Colorado State.
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