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It was only a matter of time before the Boston Celtics decided to completely move forward from the “big three era”. After sending Doc Rivers to the Clippers on Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Celtics have agreed to a trade with the Brooklyn Nets that would send future Hall of Famers, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, along with Jason Terry to the Nets for Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Tomike Shenglia, Reggie Evans, Keith Bogans and future first round draft picks in 2014, ’16, and ’18.
Garnett agreed to waive his no trade clause after the Nets agreed to pay the remaining $12 Million on the third year of his deal in 2014-2015 season. The deal will not be made official until July 10th, following the NBA’s moratorium period.
The Celtics are taking Wallace’s atrocious contract of three years, $30 million. Last season, Wallace averaged 8 point, 3 assists and 5 rebounds a game. The Celtics lose two of the most decorated players in franchise history. Rajon Rondo will officially becomes the franchise player after he returns from an ACL tear in February.
The Celtics will now look to develop young players as they hold nine first round picks over the next five years. The team is likely to be oddly constructed next season, and it may be a season or two before management’s plan is visible to fans.
It is difficult to say goodbye to two all time great players in Garnett and Pierce but the rebuilding process has been on the minds of Celtics fans for a couple years now and it has finally come to fruition.