ORLANDO – After 15 days of being a foregone conclusion, the Celtics and Brooklyn Nets have finally announced the blockbuster trade sending Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, and D.J. White to Brooklyn for Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Keith Bogans, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph and three first-round draft picks and the rights to swap picks in 2017.
It officially ends the 15-year tenure for Pierce in Boston and the six-year stint for Garnett. Pierce will go down as one of the great Celtics in team history while Garnett aided the organization to its first championship in 22 years.
“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 a statement. “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."
Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov expressed his pleasure with the deal.
"Today, the basketball gods smiled on the Nets," he said in a statement. ""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. "
When it became apparent the Celtics were aging, they executed one of the biggest trades in team history, agreeing to send their two future Hall of Famers to the Nets for draft picks as they move toward a rebuilding plan.
“Paul and Kevin exemplified everything it means to be a Celtic,” Celtics managing partner and CEO Wyc Grousbeck said in a statement. “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.”
Said Celtics coach Brad Stevens, who has been on the job for eight days: "We are really excited to welcome Gerald, Kris, Keith, MarShon and Kris to the Celtics organization.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.”