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Nets To Acquire Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce

SUNDAY, 12:52pm: The trade can't be made official until July 12th because of a hang-up related to Kris Joseph, tweets Marc Stein of Players typically can't be traded within three months of signing a free agent contract, and Joseph signed with the Nets on April 12th, so presumably that's the reasoning.

FRIDAY, 9:11am: Chris Broussard of has the full breakdown of the trade, via Twitter:

The Nets will receive Garnett, Pierce, and Terry. The Celtics will receive Humphries, Wallace, Brooks, Joseph, Bogans, and 2014, 2016, and 2018 first-round picks. The '14 pick will be the Hawks or Nets selection, whichever is worse. The '16 and '18 picks will be unprotected. The Celtics also have the ability to swap first-rounders with Brooklyn in 2017.

Based on these pieces, Bogans figures to get a 2013/14 salary of more than $2MM in the sign-and-trade part of the deal, by my math, which works out nicely for him.

7:41am: According to Josh Newman of, Evans has been informed he won't be included in the deal, but MarShon Brooks will be sent to the Celtics instead. Because Brooks' salary is smaller than Evans, that would mean a larger starting salary for Bogans in the sign-and-trade portion of the deal, unless Shengelia is involved in the final agreement.

Meanwhile, Wojnarowski reports (via Twitter) that Nets GM Billy King, head coach Jason Kidd, and point guard Deron Williams all reached out during the draft to pitch him on the trade.

FRIDAY, 12:53am: Because Bogans needs to be signed-and-traded, no deal between Brooklyn and Boston can be made official until July 10th, but the agreement appears on track to be approved by all involved parties.

By my math, if Shengelia is not in the trade, Bogans will need to be signed to a starting salary of $1,731,294 in order for the Nets to send out as much outgoing money as the CBA requires for Garnett, Pierce, and Terry.

THURSDAY, 10:20pm: Kris Joseph will be included in the deal, heading to Boston, and the Celtics will also have the option to swap 2017 first-round picks with Brooklyn, tweets Wojnarowski. Joseph's contract is non-guaranteed, so the C's could waive him after acquiring him if they so choose.

10:10pm: Shengelia is not part of the latest version of this deal, according to Ken Berger of (via Twitter). I'll have to double-check the math, but I believe the Nets would need to include at least one more player to make the salaries work if they're taking on Terry as well.

9:58pm: Kevin Garnett will agree to waive his no-trade clause to accommodate a deal that will send him and Paul Pierce to the Nets, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter). As part of the agreement, Brooklyn will guarantee KG's full salary for 2014/15, according to Wojnarowski (via Twitter). Garnett's $12MM salary for that season had only be guaranteed for $6MM up until this point.

It's not entirely clear which players will be involved in the deal, but it looks like Jason Terry will be headed to the Nets along with Garnett and Pierce. Boston is expected to acquire Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Keith Bogans (via sign-and-trade), Reggie Evans, and Tornike Shengelia. The Celtics will also receive 2014, 2016, and 2018 first-round picks, with no protection on the '16 or '18 selections, according to today's earlier reports.

Due to all the moving pieces involved, the two sides won't be able to formally complete the deal until July 10th, when the July moratorium lifts. When it becomes official, it will mark the next step in a full-scale rebuilding process for the Celtics, who also allowed Doc Rivers to join the Clippers in exchange for a 2015 first-round pick.

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6 thoughts on “Nets To Acquire Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce

  1. dc21892

    Sad, sad day for myself and all other Celtics fans. I was hoping to see Pierce retire as a Celtic for life. Wish him and KG nothing but the best. They did a ton for this franchise.

    • Mo Vaughn

      I was hoping he would too, but had a feeling he wouldn’t because of what Danny Ainge said a while ago, about how he wasn’t going to keep the old guys around just because they won a championship. He’ll forever be my favorite player in the NBA.

    • Karkat

      I think it was pretty big of KG to waive his no-trade clause, even though it was pretty well documented that his ideal scenario was to stay in Boston with Pierce. They’ll both still be revered, numbers locks to be retired, and now we get some pieces to use for rebuilding, instead of nothing.

      • dc21892

        Yeah, I get the point of what they did, but regardless seeing Pierce play 15 seasons in green now go to Brooklyn, that’s tough. They still have some pieces that won’t make them a terrible team though, which isn’t a good thing. If you’re gonna rebuild via draft you need to have an awful team.

  2. JackParkman

    Agreed that it’s a sad day for Celtics fans. It’s the end of an era, but now it’s time for a new chapter to begin. I wonder that if Rondo will be dangled at the trade deadline if he shows that he can play at the same level before the injury. That also could depend on what their record is at that time. One way to really speed up this rebuild will be getting one of top picks and getting Wiggins, Parker, Randle, or even Smart if Rondo is shipped out.

    All in all, this trade gives them future pieces for trades and relieves some salary. The Wallace contract is hard to swallow, but the writing was on the wall. Perhaps getting Brooks will be a sleeper move in this trade.

    • dc21892

      Looking at Brooks career stats I think it was 15.5 PPG and 48% from the field which isn’t too bad. One thing he needed to improve on was the 3 point shooting.

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