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As the Boston-Brooklyn trade becomes official today, it’s time to dissect what the Celtics were left with in exchange for their two franchise players (and Jason Terry).
Below is a list of the parts coming to Boston, with an analysis of whether the Celtics should hold on to each piece, or let it go.
First-round Picks: 2014, 2016, 2018.
Gerald Wallace: 3 years remaining at $10 million per
Kris Humphries: 1 year remaining at $12 million
MarShon Brooks: 2 years remaining at $3.4 million total
Keith Bogans: 1 year remaining at ???? (presumably around $5 million)
Kris Joseph: 1 year remaining at $27,859 (guaranteed)
The main reason the Celtics were so intrigued about this trade was because of the picks that the Nets are giving up. These first-round picks are the equivalent to gold for a ‘rebuilding team’, especially when one of them is held in the most coveted draft class since 2003. Sure, given the assumption that the new-look Nets won’t be a lottery team next year, their 2014 pick might be in the range of the low-to-mid twenty’s. Will that be worth anything valuable? Maybe. Is owning two first rounders in a deep draft class a good thing? Yes. If Danny Ainge can work his nifty craft in a unique fashion, both picks could pay off.
P.S. The 2016 and 2018 picks might turn out to be huge value, depending on how Brooklyn performs. Additionally, the Celtics also get the right to swap picks with the Nets in 2017. The Nets with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett can be very good for one, maybe two years. But after that? Not so much.
Again, this is what the Celtics SHOULD do, not exactly what WILL happen. Trading a 30 year-old player who just submitted his worst statistical season in 10 years (7.7 ppg, 4.6 reb), and is getting paid $10 million to possibly put up the same, if not worse, numbers is going to be borderline impossible. After averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds per game in arguably his best season back in 2009-10, Wallace’s production has only gone downhill. Maybe last season was just a hick-up, and the 2010 All-Defensive first team player will show up. Wallace is no Paul Pierce, but if the Celtics can’t get rid of him, he’ll have to put on his best act.
The first thing that pops into Celtics fans minds when they hear the words Kris Humphries is: Rajon Rondo (Kim Kardashian is a close 2nd). We all remember this altercation between the two last season, so the majority of people’s first instinct after this trade is to presume that they probably won’t hangout with one another. How will they fit in the locker-room? One thing people forget is that just two years ago Humphries was a walking double-double, averaging 13 points and 11 rebounds per game in the 2011-12 season. Boston would take that type of production any day moving forward. His expiring contract was also an attractive reason the C’s brought him in. If they can trade him for a player of their choice, they’ll do it. If they keep him and he gets along with Rondo, while bouncing back from his previous poor season, maybe they’ll sign him to an extension (not $12 million crazy). If not, his ridiculous contract comes off the books after next season and Boston is left with some cap space in 2014. Let’s see if his time with the Celtics lasts longer than his time with Kim.
Welcome back, Brooks! For those who don’t remember, the Celtics drafted MarShon with their first round pick back in 2011. There is not so much history to dig-up on this guy, given that he’s coming off his sophomore year in the NBA. One thing we know is that he can score when given the opportunity. As a starter in his rookie year with the Nets, Brooks averaged 12.6 points on 43 percent shooting. Last season as a reserve, he only scored 5.4 ppg in 12 minutes of playing time. Out of Boston’s guards Rondo, Avery Bradley and Courtney Lee, Brooks may be the best pure scorer. Give the kid a shot and see what’s he’s got.
This decision may be somewhat harsh on a guy who is coming off his rookie season, but there was a reason the Celtics released him last season. Unless Boston needs to fill out roster spots, Joseph will probably either be traded or sent down to the D-league. Joseph was included in this deal merely to make the salaries match, the Celtics are unlikely to have an available roster spot for him.
At this point, why not? Bogans will only have one year with guaranteed money on his deal when he’s signed and traded to the Celtics. The Celtics are not planning to keep him around for more than just this season, so unfortunately for Bogans, he is a mere after-thought in this deal. He’ll have to fight for a spot in the rotation against younger players Boston is trying to develop. Unless he puts up some impressive numbers, Bogans is just along for the ride until his contract expires at the end of the year. With all that said, he’s still a good guy to root for, and a good presence in a young locker room.