It’s the end of an era for the Boston Celtics. Various outlets are reporting that the Brooklyn Nets and Celtics have agreed to a blockbuster trade that will send Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to play in Kings County.
The 2013 NBA Draft occurred tonight (June 27) and rumors of the trade were bubbling all day. The final key to puzzle rested on KG.
Kevin Garnett has agreed to waive his no-trade clause, clinching an agreement on a trade that will land Paul Pierce, Garnett and Jason Terry with the Brooklyn Nets, sources close to the process told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard on Thursday night.
Garnett waiving the no-trade clause was the last step to sealing the deal, sources said.
No trade between the teams can officially be consummated until July 10 — when a league-wide moratorium on signings and trades is lifted after free agency begins July 1 — but the teams made fast progress on finalizing the trade parameters.
Brooklyn has agreed to send three first-round picks (2014, ’16 and ’18) along with Kris Humphries’ expiring contract, Gerald Wallace, Tornike Shengelia, Reggie Evans and a sign-and-traded Keith Bogans to the Celtics for Pierce, Garnett and Terry. By agreeing to add Terry to the trade, sources said, Brooklyn alleviated some of Boston’s concerns about absorbing the remaining three years, $30 million on Wallace’s contract.
Because Pierce is making nearly $17 million this season, Brooklyn needs the deal to wait until after the start of free agency and the lifting of the moratorium on July 10, since the $15.3 million team option the Celtics had on their longtime captain is used in the trade.
Paul Pierce was drafted by the Celtics in 1998 and has never played for another team. Garnett joined Boston in 2007, and team won an NBA championship in 2008.
If the deal goes through, the Nets pick up a pair of future Hall of Famers (a trio if you count their new head coach, Jason Kidd) and are clearly looking to make a run sooner, than later.