On a night that saw tornado warnings in the New York City area, Brooklyn's Barclays Center delivered a wild NBA draft full of surprises. The event served as a fitting end to Commissioner David Stern's reign over draft night.
As expected, Stern drew jeers from the crowd, but that's really just what people do in New York City on a Thursday night. The commish handled all animosity with aplomb, perhaps intending to audition for Jimmy Fallon's job as an affable emcee.
Stern's jolly mood wasn't the only unforeseen development, however. In fact, it was just the tip of the iceberg.
As reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Boston Celtics agreed in principle to a trade with the Brooklyn Nets on draft night.
Boston will ship off Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry in exchange for Gerald Wallace, the expiring deal of Kris Humphries and first-round picks in 2014, '16 and '18. KG waived his no-trade clause, but Brooklyn had to guarantee the final year of his contract. They now face a luxury-tax bill in the neighborhood of $80 million.
This signals that the Celtics have shifted into full rebuilding mode, especially after sending Doc Rivers to the L.A. Clippers. With Rajon Rondo set to return from injury, he will now likely rely on a core of Jeff Green, Avery Bradley and Jared Sullinger instead of Celtics franchise legends.
Crazy trades aside, the draft itself featured a bevy of shockers, with numerous stars sliding down, some rising up, the appearance of a hallowed Hall of Famer, and the end of a 30-year stalwart.