Boston, Brooklyn talking big NBA trade
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
The Boston Celtics breakup may be on the verge of entering its second stage.
A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed that Boston is in deep discussions with the Brooklyn Nets about a deal that would send Celtics Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets.
While the final pieces aren’t yet agreed on, Boston would likely take back Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Tomike Shengelia and as many as three first-round picks. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the talks.
Yet the two sides need Pierce’s 2013-14 salary to make the numbers work for salary cap purposes, meaning the deal can’t be formalized until July 10. It remains to be seen if other pieces or players will be involved, but the trade would accelerate the Celtics rebuilding process that began in earnest last week when former coach Doc Rivers was, in essence, traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for a 2015 first-round pick.
While Garnett has a no-trade clause in his contract, he would likely welcome the chance to contend with new Nets coach Jason Kidd in Brooklyn rather than remain during Boston’s inevitable decline. Yahoo! Sports first reported the talks.