Three Ways the Big Three Era has Helped the Boston Celtics After Disbanding

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Apr 12, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce (left) talks to center Kevin Garnett (2) at halftime of a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 12, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce (left) talks to center Kevin Garnett (2) at halftime of a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

1. The Nets’ Picks

On Draft night in 2013, the Celtics fleeced the Brooklyn Nets in a trade involving Garnett and Pierce. This trade has given the Celtics an immensely bright future, while the Nets look like they won’t bounce back from the deal for years to come.

Receiving three unprotected first round picks, with the option to swap a fourth, is a return you likely won’t see ever again. Boston now has the opportunity to compete for championships, while rebuilding at the same time. This type of situation almost landed the franchise Kevin Durant this past summer.

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