Kevin Garnett, who has spent the past six seasons with the Celtics, will also head to Brooklyn to finish out his Hall of Fame career, joining Pierce and Jason Terry in a trade that netted the Celtics Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Keith Bogans, and three first-round picks.
Garnett was drafted out of high school in 1995 by the Minnesota Timberwolves, and singlehandedly turned that franchise around, leading Minnesota to eight straight playoff appearances and a berth in the 2004 Western Conference Finals. The 2004 NBA MVP averaged more than 20 points per game in nine of the 12 seasons he spent in Minnesota and was regarded as the greatest player in franchise history.
Despite all of his individual success, he had still never won an NBA title, let alone even appear in the Finals with the Timberwolves, and that changed in the summer of 2007, when he was traded to the Celtics for five players, cash considerations, and a 2009 first round pick. Garnett’s impact in Boston was immediate, winning the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in his first season with the Celtics, and, along with Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, led the Celtics to their first NBA title in 22 years. His presence helped the Celtics reach another NBA Finals two seasons later in 2010, and get to one game away from another appearance in 2012.
Garnett has been named to 15 All-Star teams in his career, winning the 2003 All-Star Game MVP, and has been named to 12 All-Defensive teams.