Brooklyn Nets Acquire Pierce and KG from Celtics
While the proposed deal was stiff-armed by Stern, it perked the ears of Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King. Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News has reported that King inquired about Garnett's feeling about joining the Nets.
Those talks only got more serious from there. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, sources told him on June 27 that a potential deal between the two teams could send Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn.
The teams eventually agreed to a deal during the NBA draft, indeed sending Pierce and Garnett to Brooklyn as the latter waived his no-trade clause, according to Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe.
The deal will send Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Reggie Evans, Tornike Shengelia, Keith Bogans and three future first-round picks to Boston. In exchange, the Nets will receive Jason Terry, Garnett and Pierce, according to ESPN.
Here is a look at the timeline as it broke June 27, with Wojnarowski tweeting updates as he received them:
Boston and Brooklyn discussing a blockbuster deal that would send Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Nets, league sources tell Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 27, 2013
The Celtics are discussing the possibility of including either guard Jason Terry or Courtney Lee in the package, sources tell Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 27, 2013
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
Celtics Reportedly Have (or had) Sign-and-Trade Ready
The alleged deal seemed to need the Celtics to find a team willing to take Pierce, however. While Deveney explained he's been told the Bucks and Cavaliers had interest, the Brooklyn deal obviously takes both out of the equation.
No word has come down from the Boston brass to shoot down this proposal as fictitious. With Pierce and Garnett both punching tickets to Brooklyn, though, the likelihood of this deal happening all but went out the window.
Danny Ainge Hasn't Interviewed Any Coaching Candidates Yet
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge spoke with the media June 26, talking mostly about Doc Rivers' departure.
Any interesting nugget of information that came from his press conference was the fact Ainge has not interviewed any potential coaches just yet. Ainge told reporters (via ESPN Boston) "I have not talked to one coaching candidate at this point."
Former Celtics player Antoine Walker did tweet to throw his name in the hat for coaching considerations, tweeting:
Boston fans its time for me to be the Boston coach !!!!— Antoine Walker (@WalkerAntoine8) June 24, 2013
Whomever Boston has in mind to command the bench next season, rumors are sure to begin leaking out regarding the candidates sooner or later.