Celtics agree to trade Paul Pierce & Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn Nets

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The Boston Celtics agreed in principle to trade veterans Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets during the 2013 NBA Draft on Thursday night, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Celtics will reportedly receive three first-round picks, Gerald Wallace’s three-year/$30 million contract, Kris Joseph, MarShon Brooks, Keith Bogans, and Kris Humphries’ expiring contract in return.

Some details on the draft picks:

The three picks will come in the 2014, 2016 and 2018 drafts, but it’s not as simple as saying the Celtics get Brooklyn’s first round pick in those drafts. Boston will receive the worse of Brooklyn or Atlanta’s first round pick in the 2014 draft — Brooklyn owned the Hawks pick by way of the Joe Johnson trade — and also has the right to swap first round picks with the Nets in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft. (via)

According to Wojnarowski, the Nets had to agree to fully guarantee the $12 million owed Garnett in the 2014-’15 season in order to convince Garnett to waive his no-trade clause. KG could have been bought out in ’14-’15 for $6 million.

It’s a blockbuster deal that marks a changing of the guards in Boston. Pierce has played his entire career in Boston since being drafted by the Celtics 10th overall back in 1998 and is second on the Celtics all-time leading scoring list with 24,021 points.

Garnett was traded to the Celtics in a blockbuster deal back in 2007 and, alongside Pierce and Ray Allen, helped lead the C’s to their first NBA Championship since 1986 in his first season with the team. He became a strong leader and mentor during his tenure in Boston.

Both players will undoubtedly have their numbers in the rafters in Boston sooner rather than later, so it’s a pretty sad to see these guys go – especially considering what the Celtics received in return.

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Pete Blackburn
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