It's official: C's-Nets complete blockbuster
The Celtics send Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry and D.J. White to the Nets in exchange for Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Keith Bogans, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, and three future first-round draft picks (2014, '16, 18) and the option to swap first round picks during the 2017 draft.
“We would like to thank Paul, Kevin, and Jason for everything that they have done for this franchise. We would not have won Banner 17 without Paul and Kevin and they will go down amongst the all-time great players to have ever worn a Celtics uniform,” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said in the team's release. “At the same time we are excited to welcome Gerald, Kris, Keith, MarShon and Kris to the Celtics family. They bring a wealth of talent, experience, depth, and flexibility to our team.”
Added team owner Wyc Grousbeck: “Paul and Kevin exemplified everything it means to be a Celtic. They were instrumental in bringing back Celtic Pride and providing our fans with the franchise’s first championship in over 20 years in 2008. We wish them nothing but the best in the future.”
And new coach Brad Stevens: “We are really excited to welcome Gerald, Kris, Keith, MarShon and Kris to the Celtics organization,” said Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens. “They collectively bring a great deal of versatility, unique skill sets and production to our roster. I cannot wait to get to work with them."
Here's how it's playing in Brooklyn, where the Nets' website greets visitors with this splash page (caution: NSFCF*)
Said Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov: “Today, the basketball gods smiled on the Nets. With the arrival of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, we have achieved a great balance on our roster between veteran stars and young talents. This team will be dazzling to watch, and tough to compete against. "
Added general manager Billy King: “We are excited to welcome Kevin, Paul and Jason to Brooklyn. All three players have championship pedigree and possess the veteran qualities that will make us a stronger team.”
Read on for team-issued bios on the five players received by Boston:
Wallace, a 6’7” forward, has posted career averages of 12.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.5 steals in 742 career games over 12 seasons. Wallace was named an All-Star during the 2009-10 season with Charlotte when he averaged a double-double with 18.2 points and 10.0 rebounds to go along with 1.5 steals and 1.1 blocks in 41.0 minutes per game. He also shot a career-high 37.1 percent from three-point territory during that season. Wallace was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team during the 2009-10 season. During the 2012-13 season, Wallace recorded a season-high of 25 points against the Detroit Pistons on December 12. He also recorded 16 rebounds against Milwaukee on December 9.
Humphries, a 6’9” forward, has played in 558 career games split between Utah, Toronto, Dallas and the New Jersey/Brooklyn franchise and holds career averages of 6.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game. He posted his best statistical season during the 2011-12 season when he started all 62 games in which he appeared and averaged 13.8 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 blocks in 34.9 minutes per game. During the 2012-13 season, Humphries recorded a season-high of 20 points against Washington on April 15. He also recorded a season-high of 21 rebounds against Orlando on November 11.
Bogans, a 6’5” guard/forward, has appeared in 665 games during his 10-year career with career averages of 6.4 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. The former Kentucky Wildcat appeared in 74 games (23 starts) for the Nets last season and averaged 4.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in 19.0 minutes per game. Bogans recorded a season-high of 13 points against Philadelphia on December 23. A career 35.3 percent shooter from three-point territory, Bogans posted his best three-point mark during the 2006-07 season with Orlando when he shot 38.7 percent from the field.
Brooks, a 6’5” guard, appeared in 73 games for the Nets during his sophomore campaign last season. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team during the 2011-12 season when he averaged 12.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 29.4 minutes per game. The Providence College alum notched a new career-high in points during the 2012-13 season when he recorded 27 points and a career-high-tying seven assists at Cleveland on April 3.
Joseph, a 6’7” forward, was originally drafted by the Celtics with the 51st overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. He appeared in 10 games split between Boston and Brooklyn and totaled 11 points and nine rebounds over 54 minutes. Joseph also appeared in 27 games split between the Springfield Armor and the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League averaging 18.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.7 steals in 34.0 minutes per game and was named to the All-NBDL Second Team.
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