Some familiar faces will be playing for a division rival next season
During the draft last night the Celtics struck a deal with the Nets to send franchise cornerstones Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett along with Jason Terry to Brooklyn in exchange for Kris Humphries and his expiring contract, Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, Marshon Brooks, Keith Bogans, and 3 future 1st round picks.
Although it is sad to see KG and PP leave town, everyone knew in the back of their heads that this day was coming after Doc left for the Clippers. The only piece to this deal I don't really like is Wallace and the 3 yrs, $30 million left on his contract that I'm sure Brooklyn was glad to get rid of. However, the 3 first round picks in 2014, 2016, and 2018 could be solid, especially with how deep the 2014 draft is supposed to be. This trade give Boston 9 picks in the next 5 drafts. Also, Boston has the option of swapping picks with the Nets in 2017 if their pick is higher. If Boston tanks next season and gets a top 10 pick in the draft, and Brooklyn's pick ends up being between 15-20, I like the Celtics' chances to get 2 solid players.
Joseph and Brooks are young players with a bit of upside. I have liked Brooks' pro prospects ever since I saw him tear up my school UConn while he was playing at Providence. He is still young and I think he could develop into a decent sixth man scoring option off the bench. Joseph has spent time in Boston before, and may have a future with the team to provide some depth.
Bogans and Humphries may seem like throw ins, but Humphries is a good rebounder which Boston desperately needs, and his expiring deal will give them more cap space next summer. Bogans is more of a depth option off the bench, and could come in to relieve Jeff Green at times.
Although all of us Celtic fans will have to endure a rough season next year, the rebuilding process may not take as long as many think. If a star is made available via trade, I am sure Danny Ainge will give that team a call and could use any of the first round picks as a sweetener to the deal. In this stage it is all about acquiring assets to build towards the future. In this deal that is exactly what the Celtics have done.