THE NEW LOOK BROOKLYN NETS
Added by Matthew Hochberg on June 28, 2013.
In just a matter of a few hours last night, the Brooklyn Nets transformed themselves from an average team into an instant title contender. The Nets and Boston Celtics agreed on a trade that will send future Hall of Famers Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce from Boston to Brooklyn, to go along with veteran sharpshooter Jason Terry. In return, the Celtics will receive Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Kris Joseph, Marshon Brooks and three first-round picks (2014, ’16, ’18).
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Just three years removed from their 12-win season, Nets general manager Billy King has revamped the roster to form a squad which is now expected to immediately challenge the Mighty Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference. Between the projected starting five of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez, they will have a combined total of 35 All-Star appearances.
Nets multi-billionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov is in Year Four of his five-year plan to win a championship, and before last night, it looked as though he was going to fail. Prokhorov, who previously stated the team needed just one more solid player before being considered a top-tier team, received two superstars and a three-point threat.
The Boston Celtics, just a few days ago had their whole roster intact; from well-respected head coach Doc Rivers to a trio of stars in Garnett, Pierce and Rajon Rondo. Now, only Rondo remains. His future in Boston is unclear, but one thing that certainly is clear is that there is something going on in Bean town; it’s called a Rebuilding Process.
While the trade will not be official until July 10th, it is all but complete. Brooklyn’s talent, however, is certainly going to cost them. Between the potential starting five, they owe $81.5 million. Prokhorov is fine with spending the money, as long as they win – and win soon. Garnett, 37 and Pierce, 35, have just a few years left in the tank, and to make this trade worthwhile, an NBA Finals Championship banner must be hanging in the Barclays Center, quickly.