While the 2013 NBA Draft was supposed to occupy much of the national spotlight on Thursday night, the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets stole the show with a blockbuster trade that would send future hall-of-famers Kevin Garnett & Paul Pierce to Brooklyn in exchange for a wealth of draft picks and players with expiring contracts, which will greatly aid the Celtics’ rebuilding efforts as the Big 3 era is officially over.
The final parameters of the deal were revealed this morning, and the ‘s will send Garnett, Pierce, and sixth-man Jason Terry to the Nets for forwards Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph & Kris Humphries, guard Marshon Brooks and three first-round picks. The picks would come in the 2014, 2016 and 2018 drafts.
This is a massive haul for a Celtics team that is now building around a core of Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green and Avery Bradley, and now they have plenty of assets to do that with.
And by trading Garnett, Pierce and Terry, the Celtics got rid of $49 million in guaranteed money over the next two seasons for three players over the age of 35.
And two Celtics greats in Pierce and Garnett will get to continue playing meaningful basketball at a point in their career where that’s all that matters. They wouldn’t have conteded for a title with the C’s this year, and it would have been another season in which they struggled to just get Boston into the playoffs, only to be ousted in the first round again.
Instead, they’ll get to go out in a blaze of glory for a Nets squad that will be among the NBA’s elite in 2013.
If you’re a Boston fan, it’s a good day to be a Celtics fan, and while the next few years might be rough, the foundation is being laid for a great future in Beantown.