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Brooklyn Nets Become Legit Contenders with Addition of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

Brooklyn Nets Become Legit Contenders with Addition of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

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The Brooklyn Nets have agreed to a deal in principle with the Boston Celtics that could change the fate of the Eastern Conference during the 2013-14 NBA season.

If all goes according to plan, the Nets will acquire Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry. In return, the Celtics will receive Gerald Wallace’s ridiculous contract, Kris Humphries’ expiring contract, Tornike Shengelia and three first-round draft picks.

In my opinion, this is a terrible deal for Boston, especially since no one knows exactly what value those future first-round draft selections hold. Even though the Celtics had to package Garnett with Pierce since the veteran made it very clear he would retire before he played without his friend, it is still a move that will have many scratching their heads in Boston.

On the other side of the coin, the Nets have to be thrilled with what has fallen in their lap. If all of the key players can stay healthy throughout the season, there is no question Brooklyn will challenge the Miami Heat for control of the Eastern Conference.  With Brook Lopez at center, Garnett at power forward, Pierce at small forward, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams lining up in the backcourt, there might be no stopping the fire power that comes with these five starters.

With Doc Rivers leaving town to coach the Los Angeles Clippers and this trade eventually going down, one has to wonder what the state of the Celtics franchise is in. Meanwhile, there is no doubt Brooklyn will be a team to be reckoned with next season.

As of right now, the deal is in principle only because the trade cannot be made official until July 10.