The NBA season just ended a week ago, and teams haven’t wasted opportunities to deal players and improve their roster for next year. The latest move has the Boston Celtics sending Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry for a bunch of players and three future first round picks.
Brooklyn has agreed to send three first-round picks (2014, ’16 and ’18) along with Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, MarShon Brooks and a sign-and-traded Keith Bogans to the Celtics.
The arrival of these three players to Brooklynn, along with the signing of new head coach Jason Kidd put the Nets from 50/1 to win the NBA championship next year to a 15/1.
The deal can’t be official until July 10th.
“Guys, honestly, I can’t go any further than this. Honestly, you can ask all the questions. Honestly, I can’t. At the time that it’s appropriate, I will address it if possible, but at this time, I can’t,” Nets general manager Billy King said.
Coach Doc Rivers, who’s now with the Los Angeles Clippers said he knew some sort of trade was coming.
“I knew it was coming,” Rivers said of the blockbuster trade involving Garnett and Pierce. “Danny [Ainge, the Celtics’ GM] and I had talked about that over the last three or four weeks. I knew all this was going to happen. It’s obviously sad whenever an era or time ends, and it has now. That’s the sad part.”
Only 4 teams have better odds to win the NBA Title than the Nets today: Heat, Thunder, Spurs, Bulls.