In this past season, the squad struggled to the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference after finishing in the top-four spots for the prior five years. The core is getting older, and coach Doc Rivers is no longer with the organization after being traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.
While the team could possibly reach the postseason again, it is unlikely that Boston would legitimately contend for a championship. This means that it must start to rebuild.
Fortunately, the Brooklyn Nets are willing to help the team out with an appealing trade. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported that Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and others would be dealt in this blockbuster deal:
The deal centers around a package that would include Gerald Wallace, Tornike Shengelia, the expiring deal of Kris Humphries and three future first-round picks (2014, '16 and '18), sources told Y! Sports.
Jason Terry also will be in the package going to the Nets, sources said. The Nets would send back Reggie Evans and do a sign-and-trade involving Keith Bogans and one more minimum-level player as part of package, a source said.
There is a lot involved in the trade, but the key for the Celtics is that aging players Garnett, Pierce and Terry would be sent out of town. This is no small matter, as fans will be disappointed to see two iconic players who won a championship with the team leave.
That being said, it is time to turn the page and look toward the next chapter for the franchise.
Garnett and Pierce are over 35 years old with multiple years remaining on their contracts. They had solid years, but as they get older, their production is bound to ebb. When that happens, Boston does not want to be paying their salaries.
Additionally, parting with these two players will give the younger players a chance to show what they can do. Jeff Green and Avery Bradley shined this past season when the veterans were hurt, and other players should get the same break.
Of course, this trade is not only about getting rid of players but bringing some in.
First of all, the three first-round picks should give the team plenty of opportunities to reload in talent, especially if the Celtics draft for high upside. The multiple picks in each round will give the team a chance to take risks, and a few of them should pay off.
As far as the active players go, Reggie Evans and Kris Humphries have shown to be excellent rebounders. Tornike Shengelia has also displayed some potential at only 21 years old and can help the Celtics down the line.
The only question mark in this trade is Gerald Wallace, who has three years and almost $30 million remaining on his contract. This is a big price for someone who averaged only 7.7 points per game in 2012-13.
However, he has been a big-time scorer throughout his career and can provide the veteran leadership that will go missing without Garnett and Pierce. If he ends up having a bounce-back season, he could offer great value to the squad.
No matter what happens, Boston needs to rebuild. This offer from the Nets is likely the best the team will get, and the Celtics should work to complete the deal as soon as possible.
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