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Christopher L. Gasper

Celtics’ trade hurts, but it was time

You can either pull a Band-Aid off slowly or just rip it off. Either way, it’s going to hurt. The question is do you want to prolong the pain or just get it over with?

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge decided it was time to just rip the Band-Aid off and break up the Celtics’ band of basketball brothers on Thursday. He agreed to deal future Hall of Famers Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets for a farraginous mixture of players and first-round picks (2014, 2016, and 2018, as well as the right to swap picks in 2017), none of which guarantees the Green anything moving forward.

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