After heavy rumors and trade talks were reported throughout the day on Thursday, the two sides have reportedly reached an agreement that sends Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to the Nets in exchange for Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Keith Bogans, Kris Joseph, MarShon Brooks and three first round draft picks. The draft picks will be in 2014, 2016 and 2018.
This monster deal all but drops the hammer on the Celtics’ rebuilding operations, leaving the team with a youthful core that is highlighted by Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green. The key in this deal for Boston is the addition of the draft picks, while it remains unclear what the long-term futures of those players acquired in the deal will hold. The Celtics have continuously been all about adding assets to their rebuilding operation and the addition of three first round picks is huge.
The expectations in Boston obviously taking an immediate hit with the loss of their veteran stars, but that’s the hit that needs to be taken in an overall rebuilding process. The Celtics also added a 2015 first round draft pick in their deal last weekend that sent Doc Rivers to the west coast. Boston is now the keeper of seven first round draft picks over the course of the next five years.
As for the Nets, well, this sends a direct message to the rest of the NBA in saying that Brooklyn is ready to make a stab at an NBA championship. With Pierce, Garnett and Terry joining a core of Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, and Joe Johnson, the Nets could be poised to make considerable strides beginning next season.
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