The Celtics finalized their blockbuster trade with the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, officially bringing an end to the Paul Pierce-Kevin Garnett era.
The deal, originally agreed to in late June, sends Pierce, Garnett, Jason Terry and D.J. White to Brooklyn for forwards Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries, guard/forward Keith Bogans, guard MarShon Brooks, forward Kris Joseph, three future first-round draft picks and the option to swap first-round picks during the 2017 draft.
The deal couldn’t be executed until Friday because of the NBA’s waiting period.
“We would like to thank Paul, Kevin, and Jason for everything that they have done for this franchise. We would not have won banner 17 without Paul and Kevin and they will go down amongst the all-time great players to have ever worn a Celtics uniform,” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said.
“Paul and Kevin exemplified everything it means to be a Celtic,” team owner Wyc Grousbeck added.
The deal likely closes the Celtics’ championship window and thrusts them into a rebuilding mode that will be led by new coach Brad Stevens.
Ainge said the players and picks received from Brooklyn add “a wealth of talent, experience, depth, and flexibility to our team.”
The Celtics and Nets seem headed in opposite directions, with Brooklyn seeing the arrival of Pierce and Garnett as a trigger to make the team an NBA title contender next season.
“Today, the basketball gods smiled on the Nets,” Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov said. “With the arrival of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, we have achieved a great balance on our roster between veteran stars and young talents. This team will be dazzling to watch, and tough to compete against.”