Business Insider – The infamous Paul Pierce-Kevin Garnett trade with the Brooklyn Nets is the gift that keeps on giving for the Boston Celtics.
In 2013, the Celtics sent Pierce, Garnett, and Jason Terry to Brooklyn as the Nets tried to build a star-packed team to rival the Miami Heat. In exchange, along with some role players, the Celtics received the Nets’ 2014, 2016, and 2018 first-round picks, with the right to swap picks in 2017.
We’re still in the midst of the annual NBA Trade Deadline Sweepstakes and everyone knows that the Celtics have a big stack of chips to play with if they want to get in on the fun this year. I’m writing this blog because I still have to remind myself of the Brink’s Job Trader Danny pulled off in 2013.
In exchange for their picks, the Nets got three guys that would be at least 36 years old by opening night with 47 combined seasons of experience. On what planet did they think that would work out well?
People were afraid the new Big Three would have a very short window in Boston when Ainge put that group together in 2007. The Celtics wound up getting six seasons out Garnett and Pierce (five out of Ray Allen), and that felt like a success. More championships would have been nice, but one championship, two trips to the Finals and a renewed relevancy were more than the Celtics had offered at any other time since Larry Bird’s retirement. How long did the Nets think they could keep the band together?
The Nets got 206 games out of Garnett, Pierce and Terry between 2013 and 2015 and one playoff series win. All three have since moved on from the Nets.
I’d rather lose by ten points going for the win than lose by one point and look back and say “Goddamn, we should have gone for the win”. But right now, it looks like the Nets are gonna lose by 50.