Nov 28, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard C.J. Watson (left) restrains Boston Celtics shooting guard Jason Terry (second from left) as Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34) and Brooklyn Nets power forward Reggie Evans (30) are pulled from a scrum during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports
The prospective trade between the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets has reached ownership level and are becoming serious. Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the deal is becoming serious, but Kevin Garnett has not been approached about whether or not he would veto the deal.
"Garnett has yet to be approached about waiving his no-trade clause, sources said, but there’s a belief that he could be convinced of agreeing to a deal should the Celtics and Nets be able to reach an agreement on terms. The teams won’t seek approval of Garnett to waive his no-trade clause “until the deal is agreed upon,” one source in the talks told Y! Sports. It will take a unique circumstance for the Celtics to get Garnett to waive his no-trade, and they believe that sending him with Pierce to a contender in a big market could convince him, sources said."
The Celtics would receive first round picks from the Nets from the 2014, 2016 and 2018 seasons. They would have to take on the expiring deal of Kris Humprhies, Gerald Wallace’s three year deal with nearly about $30 million remaining on it, Reggie Evans two year deal and would also get Keith Bogans in a sign-and-trade deal.
The Celtics would then give up Paul Pierce, Garnett and Jason Terry to the Nets. This isn’t the trade in its entirety, its just what we know right now. The deal is being discussed, but isn’t officially done.
They would need to wait until July 10th so the Nets can take in Paul Pierce’s salary to make the deal equal on both sides. Its likely that it won’t officially be accepted until then.
The Celtics would have two first round picks in the 2014 and 2015 NBA drafts. Turning down draft picks is something that teams who are on the fringe of the playoffs can’t refuse. The Celtics could mortgage these picks into a trade to move higher in the draft or to acquire a good player via trade.
The Hawks have the right to swap the 2014 first round pick with the Nets, so if the Celtics get this pick they will get the lower of the two picks in that draft between the Nets and the Hawks.
They will have done all of this all without moving Rajon Rondo–I think that’s something we may see in the near future, but for now, it hasn’t happened. The Celtics rebuilding process would be kickstarted by a ton if this deal is successful.
This deal is nowhere near official, though. The Celtics are going to have to convince Kevin Garnett to play for the Nets even if they do agree to terms. Garnett has a no-trade clause in his contract and he must waive it before any deal can be done.
Either way, this shows that the Celtics are going to be aggressive about rebuilding this team and are prepared to stockpile draft picks by any means.