Despite talk of a Celtics-Clippers trade involving future Hall of Famers Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, it looks like someone else has beat them to the punch: the Brooklyn Nets.
Earlier Thursday (June 27), Yahoo! Sports reported that the Nets were finalizing a trade with Boston Celtics to acquire both stars, pending Garnett waiving his no-trade clause.
Well, it’s done now. According to ESPN.com, Garnett has agreed to waive his no-trade clause, clinching the agreement that will send himself, Pierce, and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets.
On the other side of the deal, Brooklyn will send three first-round picks (2014, ’16 and ’18), along with Kris Humphries’ expiring contract, Gerald Wallace, Tornike Shengelia, Reggie Evans and a sign-and-traded Keith Bogans to the Celtics for Pierce, Garnett and Terry, sources said. Yahoo!, however, says the Nets have substituted Kris Joseph for Shengelia.
While the deal is likely done, the trade cannot be officially consummated until July 10, when a league-wide moratorium on signings and trades is lifted after free agency begins Monday.