It’s rather rare to see a combined 25 NBA All-Star games go one way in trade. However, the Boston Celtics have done just that by sending Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets. The rebuilding process has begun in Boston as the team will now have to replace two of its top three best players and its head coach.
Doc Rivers leaving to the Los Angeles Clippers was a great indication that Celtics general manager Danny Ainge was going to give the Celtics an absolutely new look in 2013. That new approach will include a much larger role for point guard Rajon Rondo, who has never been the best player on his team — this will be the first time in seven years that No. 9 will be playing without an All-Star alongside him.
On the other side of the deal, the Nets’ faithful have to be enthralled about reeling in a few players that are sure to be a thorn in the side of the Miami Heat.
With that being said, the biggest concern for the Nets is going to be their head coach — Jason Kidd has never coached at any level and now is expected to lead this revamped Brooklyn team to the NBA Finals. The biggest question I have for Kidd is how he will monitor Pierce’s minutes. The 15-year veteran had a below-average season in 2013 and it was due to playing over 33 minutes a night.
Luckily, Kidd has some time to learn the ropes as a head coach and learn what to do with a game-changing forward like Pierce.