28 June 2013

Breaking down the trade sending Kevin Garnett & Paul Pierce to Brooklyn

It would have taken a major story to take the NBA headlines away from one of the wilder NBA drafts in recent memory but that is what we got when Adrian Wojnarowski broke the story that the Boston Celtics decided to nuke their roster by sending Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets for Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Keith Bogans and first round selections in 2014, 2016 and 2018. How does this major blockbuster break down for both clubs?

Starting off with the Celtics, this is no doubt a tough punch to the gut for Celtics fans that now see the club blown up in a sudden manner with two huge pieces of their 2008 championship team going for what Bill Simmons would refer to as a "pu-pu platter." But we knew that the time was just about right for the club to detonate and begin the rebuilding process right now and while the pieces they got back are not desirable, with Gerald Wallace's contract being particularly undesirable, Humphries has an expiring deal that could be worthwhile and while most think that at least the first two picks will be low picks, they could end up being desirable down the road. Plus, have they hit the bottom and could they be in position for a high selection in a loaded draft next year?

Now to Brooklyn, yes they will not have a first round selection for many years, are bringing in three guys that will all be 36 or older at the start of the 2013-14 season and will be so far north of the salary cap that they will be in the luxury tax zone just with their starting five. Not to mention they will be a veteran-laden club under a new coach in Jason Kidd that has less coaching experience than I do. But you cannot deny that this club got much better after this trade, bringing in key veterans that have experience in the playoffs that can still contribute quality minutes in Pierce and Garnett, who will specifically be huge as they were lacking in interior defense last year. Yes, they don't have anything for the Heat (then again, who does?) but they are now a legitimate threat to get to the Eastern Conference Finals.

So when you think about it, both clubs got what they wanted out of this deal. Boston can start from scratch and Brooklyn becomes a more legitimate threat in the Eastern Conference. Both have to take a hit in some regards, but will they turn out to be worth it?

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