The Brooklyn Nets are pursuing a trade with the Boston Celtics to acquire Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
The trade would include Gerald Wallace, Tomike Shengelia, Kris Humphries, whose deal is about to expire, and three future first-round picks, according to Yahoo Sports.
Garnett has not been approached about waiving his no-trade clause, but industry sources believe that he could be convinced to agree to a deal if the Celtics and Nets are able to reach an agreement.
Pierce and Garnett were both being pursued by the Los Angeles Clippers, who recently signed a three-year, $21 million deal with former Celtics coach Doc Rivers. Initially, the Clippers were hoping for a deal that would bring the two future Hall of Famers and Rivers to L.A. in exchange for DeAndre Jordan, Eric Bledsoe, and two first-round draft picks. L.A. was reluctant to include Bledsoe, but Boston wanted him in the package.
The Clippers also had another hurdle standing in the way of bringing Rivers to Los Angeles: the NBA doesn’t allow coaches to be traded. The Celtics and the Clippers finally agreed to a trade that would send a first-round draft pick to Boston in exchange for the Celtics releasing Rivers from his contract. A separate trade that would send K.G. to L.A. for Jordan fell through.
Should the Celtics agree to send Garnett and Pierce to Brooklyn, it would not only free up cap space, but the team would be gaining multiple future draft picks that could aid in the franchise’s rebuilding process. Pierce is currently owed $15.3 million for the 2013-14 season, and Garnett is owed $23.5 million over the next two seasons.
The Brooklyn Nets currently have the No. 22 pick in the NBA draft, so a deal for Garnett and Pierce could allow Boston to get the most of this year’s draft.
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