Celtics agree on blockbuster deal which signals end of an era.
The Boston Celtics have begun their rebuilding process by agreeing to trade Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets in an incredible move.
Having lost coach Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers earlier this week, it was expected that the front office would accelerate their plans to rebuild the team under their next coach.
However, few would have foreseen this drama on NBA Draft night, with the decision to ship out their three veterans in return for players plus draft picks which is now pending league approval.
According to ESPN, Garnett has chosen to waive his no-trade clause thus paving the way for his exit, and he will heading to Brooklyn to achieve immediate success.
The Nets hired Jason Kidd as their new head coach earlier this month, and given owner Mikhail Prokhorov’s promise to deliver a Finals team within five years of taking over the franchise, it appears they are making a push to become real contenders in the Eastern Conference next season.
Brooklyn have agreed to send three first-round picks (2014, ’16 and ’18) along with Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Tornike Shengelia, Reggie Evans and Keith Bogans.
The addition of Garnett and Pierce to the trio of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez arguably gives the Nets one of the most formidable rosters in the NBA, and rookie coach Kidd will be excited about the season ahead.
Former Celtics coach Rivers revealed he wasn’t surprised by the move, but admitted that it was sad to see the era draw to a close in Boston.
“I knew it come coming. Danny and I had talked about that over the last three or four weeks. I knew all this was going to happen. It’s obviously sad whenever an era or time ends and it has now. That’s the sad part.”
For Boston, they will now look to rebuild around the likes of Rajan Rondo and Jeff Green, but having brought an end to an era, they will undoubtedly be looking toward a bright future with their draft picks.