Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are Brooklyn Nets now. Earlier in the season, Kevin Garnett said that he didn’t want to play anywhere but in Boston. Other than thn,at, he’d think about waiving his no trade clause in order to play in Los Angeles. If he was going to be traded anywhere, it was going to be there.
So, how did Garnett end up being in Brooklyn, you ask? Well, Paul Pierce convinced him to play there. Knowing that Pierce probably played his final game as a Celtic in the series against the New York Knicks, Pierce knew that he wanted to play with Garnett still. Pierce said that he also saw that the writing was on the wall for them once Doc Rivers was moved to Los Angeles.
Here’s what Pierce had to say about recruiting Kevin Garnett to come to Brooklyn with him. Pierce was going to be moved regardless, but Garnett would make the situation easier for him:
“That’s when I called Kevin and asked him what he thought about coming to Brooklyn, he immediately said, ‘Well, what pieces are they going to give up? Who is going to be left? Is it going to be possible for us to win a championship?’ He was excited when I talked to him after warming him up, just to have the opportunity to come and win a championship and be alongside a young prospect like Brook Lopez, who he can try to take to the next level. And once I warmed him up to that, he was all in for it.”
So in the end, the two still get to play together for at least one more season. They’re in a much better situation than they were in Boston and I’m personally glad that they’ll be able to stick together.
Should Celtics fans be upset that Pierce recruited Garnett? Absolutely not. Again, the writing was on the wall for both of these guys. If one was leaving then so was the other–especially after Rivers was moved.
And besides, the deal that the Nets gave the Celtics was a sweet one. Three future first round draft picks is nothing to scoff at. This will certainly help speed up the rebuilding process here. Not to mention that the Celtics get a $10 million trade exception.
I know that this still hurts Celtics fans and it probably will for quite some time. But the deal was what was best for both sides, and it gives everyone a chance to flourish in the future. Lets just be thankful for the time that we had.