On July 12th, 2013, the Boston Celtics announced that they had traded Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets. The fans of Celtics Nation immediately questioned Danny Ainge and why he would pull the trigger in this trade with no obvious star power return. It was obvious this trade was for the the future of the team but some fans failed to see the potential of this trade. Reporters encouraged the sports world that this trade would be a huge benefit for the Celtics in the future and the future is now.
The Boston Celtics sent Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry and D.J White to Brooklyn and received Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Keith Bogans, Kris Joseph and MarShon Brooks. The Celtics also received the Nets unprotected first round draft picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018. They also received the right to trade first round picks with the Nets in 2017.
This trade was supposed to put the Nets over the top and immediately help them contend for a NBA Championship. The Nets failed to win a championship and now Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have left Brooklyn to take on smaller roles on different teams. The Nets were left with nothing and are now struggling to win games. They currently have an 11-28 record and the Celtics have the right to their first round pick in the 2016 draft which could potentially be a top 5 pick if the Nets continue to lose. The only hope for the Nets is that they can somehow attract a big name free agent to sign with them this summer.
The Celtics on the other hand are in a great position in their rebuild and should be ready to take the next step toward championship contention next year. The Celtics already have a great young Coach in Brad Stevens with plenty of young players buying into his game plan. They made the playoffs last year as the 8 seed and we’re eventually swept by the number 1 seed Cavaliers but by making the playoffs they were already ahead of plan in the rebuilding process.
General Manager, Danny Ainge continued to make moves during the off season in hopes of making the team better this season. The trade with the Nets in 2013 could potentially show its biggest impact yet this summer come draft time. The Celtics could either chose to trade the pick along with a combination of players for an impact player to win now or they could chose to keep the pick and continue rebuilding through the draft. With this draft pick potentially being in the top 5, the Celtics could get an NBA ready player who will be able to contribute immediately.
During the last off season Ainge continued to make several small trades to make the team better. He continued stock pile assets and draft picks which will help the team become a contender in the near future. The Celtics already have a young core to build around which consists of explosive scorer Isaiah Thomas (26), tenacious defenders Avery Bradley (25) and Marcus Smart (21). They also have Jae Crowder (25) who has proved he can be an offensive threat and an animal on defense. David Lee (32) is the only player on the roster over the age of 30 and he brings championship experience along with veteran leadership.
It won’t be long before you see the Celtics back in championship contention. With the addition of a proven scorer a more young talent from the college level the Celtics will be back to where they were before the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trade. It looks as if this trade is proving to be genius of Ainge as the Celtics are almost back to contention and the Nets are still searching for their identity.