Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported the blockbuster deal:
Kevin Garnett will agree to trade to Brooklyn and Celtics are sending KG and Paul Pierce to the Nets, league sources tell Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 28, 2013
ESPN's Chris Broussard reported the complete package involved:
sources confirm Nets/Celts trade that will send KG, Pierce, J Terry to Nets for 1st rounders in 2014, 2016, 2018 and— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) June 28, 2013
(cont) K Humphries, G Wallace, Reggie Evans, Tornike Shengalia, Keith Bogans going to Boston.— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) June 28, 2013
Wojnarowski reported an additional piece of the trade:
Kris Joseph will part of the Nets package to the Celtics, as well as the right to swap draft picks in 2017, league source tells Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 28, 2013
CBS' Ken Berger noted that Garnett waived his no-trade clause:
League source confirms Kevin Garnett has agreed to waive his no-trade clause, green-lighting deal that will send KG and Paul Pierce to Nets.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) June 28, 2013
Wojnarowski also added details regarding Garnett's contract:
The Nets have agreed to fully guarantee the $12 million owed Garnett in the 2014-'15 season, sources tell Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 28, 2013
Even though the trade has been agreed upon in principle, the trade cannot be made official until July 10.
Garnett was given the opportunity to turn down the move but ultimately decided against using his no-trade clause. It marks the end of a six-year run in Boston for the 37-year-old star, who previously played for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Which team do you think wins the trade?
Wojnarowski previously reported that Garnett would waive his no-trade clause, which was a major question mark when his name was being bandied about before the trade deadline. After a few false starts—like the stories that had Garnett following former Celtic coach Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers—this time a deal actually got done.
That disappointing result was a sign that changes were necessary.
On the surface, the move makes sense for both sides. The Celtics are now focused on retooling after the championship window closed on Garnett, Pierce and Rondo. The Nets need pieces like Garnett to become a serious threat in the East.
The combination of Garnett and Brook Lopez should give Brooklyn the advantage over most teams in the post. Lopez will also benefit from playing alongside a player capable of cleaning up the defensive glass, an area in which the seven-footer has disappointed throughout his career.
Garnett is no longer the player he was during his prime, when he could be counted on for 20 points and 10 rebounds just about every night. But he's still a reliable post presence with a boatload of experience and leadership ability.
This past season, he averaged 15 points and eight rebounds a game while shooting just under 50 percent from the floor.
Again, those aren't monster numbers, but that kind of production is more than enough to make a serious impact for the Nets next season. And his immense drive to win remains intact.
It will take some time to get used to seeing him in something other than Celtic green, but perhaps this is the move Garnett needed to contend for another title.