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It's the beginning of a new era in Boston.
Boston has already had quite a busy offseason. In fact, the first news broke just days after the conclusion of the 2013 NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs.
The Doc is Out
On June 26, per ESPNLA’s Arash Markazi, Doc Rivers was officially introduced as the head coach and senior vice president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Clippers.
The move came as a surprise to many, as Rivers still had three years remaining on his contract. However, for agreeing to release the 51-year-old out of his contract, the Celtics were compensated a 2015 unprotected first-round pick by the Clippers.
The End of an Era
Only two days later, ESPN reported that Boston had agreed to send Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets for Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, MarShon Brooks, Keith Bogans and three future first-round picks (2014, ’16 and ’18). Due to Pierce’s contract, the deal can only be finalized after the lifting of the moratorium on July 10.
While seeing Pierce and Garnett leaving the Celtics after helping the team capture its 17th title in franchise history is tough, shedding their contracts—approximately $28 million—was necessary to Boston’s rebuilding process.
During the June 27 NBA draft, the team welcomed aboard two new players.
First, per The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn, the Celtics traded the 16th pick in the draft along with two future second-round selections to the Dallas Mavericks for the 13th pick. The team used the selection to choose Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk.
Next, Boston sent cash considerations to the Indiana Pacers in return for the draft rights to Colorado State center Colton Iverson, via CSNNE’s A. Sherrod Blakely.
Brand New Hope
The Celtics capped off their early moves by finding a new face to lead the team.
ESPN reported that Boston announced the hiring of Brad Stevens to a six-year, $22 million deal. The 36-year-old was formerly the head coach of Butler.
Stevens knows what it takes to win, leading the Bulldogs to back-to-back national championship games in 2010 and ’11.