Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce may get to finish their careers playing together—it just won't be with the Boston Celtics.
According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, Garnett and Pierce will head to the Brooklyn Nets along with Jason Terry in a deal for Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, the expiring deal of Kris Humphries and three future first-round selections.
The first-round picks come in 2014, 2016 and 2018. Wojnarowski did not provide details on whether the selections carry any protections. Brooklyn will also execute a sign-and-trade with Keith Bogans and add Reggie Evans to the trade to make it work under the salary cap.
While the two teams have agreed in principle to the deal, it cannot be consummated until July 10. That is the date the NBA's moratorium on transactions ceases, allowing the deal to become official.
As part of the agreement, Brooklyn will pick up Pierce's $15 million contract for next season. The 35-year-old forward could have been bought out for $5 million, a decision that had to be made by the end of this month.
The deal was also contingent on Garnett waiving his no-trade clause to come to Brooklyn. Wojnarowski reports that Garnett is willing to do so, with the Nets guaranteeing to pick up the full $12 million option on his contract for next season:
In short, the Celtics and Nets have consummated a trade that will fundamentally alter how the Eastern Conference looks next season. Under new head coach Jason Kidd, the Nets will have a starting lineup that boasts five current or former All-Stars.
As one would expect, Twitter essentially self-combusted with news of this deal's finalization. Here is a look at all the best reactions from around the Web Thursday night.
If you were wondering about the costs of this deal, well, let's just say Mikhail Prokhorov might need to eat off the Dollar Menu a couple times next season. According to Wojnarowski, the Nets will have an $80 million tax bill at their doorstep for the 2013-14 campaign:
With a tax bill like that, Prokhorov will undoubtedly expect to compete for a championship. ESPN's Darren Rovell tweeted out that the folks at Sportsbook have already dropped the Nets' odds in half:
Couper Moorhead of NBA.com, while still being relatively optimistic about Brooklyn's chances, notes the team could struggle on offense:
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News isn't sold on the Pierce portion of the trade:
A little less than a year ago at this time, Ray Allen was leaving the Boston Celtics for the Miami Heat. Garnett deleted Allen's phone number. My Sports Legion's Twitter feed notes a smidgen of hypocrisy less than 12 months later from the Big Ticket:
Others chose to remember Garnett's time in Boston more fondly. The 37-year-old forward brought a 17th championship banner to the Celtics and emerged as one of the team's most beloved players in that city. Bleacher Report NHL lead writer Nicholas Goss was one of many who were already commemorating Garnett's time in Boston:
Back with the Celtics, only one superstar remains—point guard Rajon Rondo. A noted cantankerous personality, Rondo is often described as tough to get along with. Hoopsworld's Alex Kennedy wonders how Rondo's teammates will feel next year in a rebuilding project:
Meanwhile, in a fact that might blow your mind, Darius Soriano of ESPN's TrueHoop points out that Pierce and Garnett will be playing with a former contemporary:
Also, for those who needed even more eye-opening mental pictures, here is Garnett and Pierce in Nets uniforms, courtesy of Bleacher Report's Twitter feed:
As for the tweet of the night, that goes to Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch. He just wants to see the two middle-aged men on HBO's Girls. Garnett would certainly bring the right level of intensity and unintentional comedy to the screen:
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