As many are aware, the Boston Celtics executed a blockbuster trade last week as they traded former-franchise cornerstones Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets. The trade was a shock to the basketball community as it never appeared that one team would take on both Pierce and Garnett’s contracts. Originally, one part of the deal was Reggie Evans leaving Brooklyn to join the Celtics. At the last minute, the deal was changed and the Celtics were able to get MarShon Brooks instead, a steal given that he was basically considered as a throw-in to make the deal work.
This is a coup by Celtics GM Danny Ainge to get Brooks in the deal. If you recall, the Celtics originally drafted Brooks a couple of seasons ago, but moved him to Brooklyn in a draft night deal that saw the Celtics acquire the draft rights to Jajuan Johnson, a player who is no longer in the NBA. The deal at the time looked stupid by the Celtics and they now have somewhat corrected the move by reacquiring Brooks.
He is only 24 years old and still has a lot of development left in front of him. He is extremely talented offensively, but needs to make huge strides on the defensive end. If he can do that, he can become a nice player in this league. The one problem with getting Brooks is that he is very similar to current Celtic Jordan Crawford. Crawford is also a nice offensive player who hasn’t met a shot that he hasn’t liked, but he also plays no defense. The Celtics probably only have room for one of them on the roster for next season.
The Celtics did well to make sure Brooks was included in this trade.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team home page on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18