There had been talk for some time about the Boston Celtics sending veteran stars Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Los Angeles Clippers this offseason. When former Celtics coach Doc Rivers joined Los Angeles, it seemed like Garnett and Pierce could be next. Instead, Boston ended up making a draft-night trade that shipped Garnett and Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets.
The only thing that would have held up a deal is Garnett’s no-trade clause. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Garnett has agreed to waive the clause which will allow the trade to proceed. The Nets have agreed to fully guarantee the $12 million owed to him for the 2014-15 season.
The trade involves much more than just the two aging stars, as Jason Terry will also be heading to Brooklyn. In exchange for the trio, the Celtics receive Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, Kris Humphries, Reggie Evans, Keith Bogans and three future first-round picks.
Boston is clearly blowing it up after parting ways with Rivers and now Garnett and Pierce. They will look to build around Rajon Rondo for the time being.
Meanwhile, the Nets are continuing to go for it, adding Garnett and Pierce to Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson.