COMMENTARY | What draft?
On a night where NBA fans everywhere were glued to their televisions to witness the beginning of a possible MVP-in-the-making, a much bigger deal was taking place behind the scenes -- a blockbuster trade where the Brooklyn Nets would acquire Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce from the Boston Celtics.
The news upstaged the buzz of the draft, in which every break a commentator was reporting on the trade rumor status. First, it was announced earlier this week that former longtime Celtics coach Doc Rivers would be moving out West to coach the Los Angeles Clippers, and now this. It seems the Celtics are in major rebuilding mode in an attempt to start fresh and have a shot at another NBA title.
Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier that if the trade went as planned, the Nets would agree to send three first-round picks (2014, '16, '18) along with Kris Humphries' expiring contract, Gerald Wallace, Tornike Shengelia, Reggie Evans and a sign-and-trade Keith Bogans to the Celtics for Pierce, Garnett and Jason Terry, who was added to the deal to absorb the remainder of Wallace's contract. This would majorly open up the salary cap for the Celtics in hopes that they could acquire some different talent as part of their restructuring process; plus, the idea of three future draft picks seemed very enticing. And it appears as though it's already a done deal.
But is this a smart move for the Nets?
Sure, Pierce and Garnett have both established themselves as star players and seem to have more athleticism to contribute on the court, but their time is limited. Giving up three future draft picks could hurt the Nets in the long run in exchange for players with a ticking clock. On the other hand, adding veterans like Pierce and Garnett to the roster of Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson under the fresh coaching perspective of Jason Kidd could be just what the Nets need to establish themselves as a potential team to beat. Ever since moving to Brooklyn, the team has continued to keep fans on their toes, including announcing the inexperienced Jason Kidd as coach, and it continues to astound with these trade rumors.
While this trade is said to have already reached an agreement, no trade can be officially announced until July 10, after free agency officially begins on July 1. The final decision lied in the hands of Garnett and his management team, who took their time in deciding if Garnett wanted to waive his no-trade clause. Earlier this season, the Celtics denied the Nets permission to talk to now ex-coach Rivers about their vacant coaching position, so it's interesting to see their change of heart and that this deal actually came to fruition.
In another unexpected turn, Pierce and Garnett are now playing under the coaching strategies of their longtime on-the-court nemesis. Perhaps now that Rivers has moved elsewhere, the Celtics are fast tracking their pursuit to reboot their team.
So after all of these years, it's time for Pierce and Garnett to hang up their green and white.
Amy A. Christine is a professional writer, journalist and sportswriter from NY who is following the development of all NBA teams and keeping a watchful eye on the Brooklyn Nets.
- Sports & Recreation
- Brooklyn Nets
- Kevin Garnett
- Paul Pierce
- Boston Celtics