First Doc Rivers leaves Boston to coach the Clippers, then the Blackhawks beat the Bruins for the Stanley Cup, on top of that, Aaron Hernandez is arrested for murder, and now the Celtics have agreed to a trade that sends Garnet, Pierce and Terry packing. Not too far, just over to Brooklyn where they will join the Nets.
Brooklyn has agreed to send three first-round picks (2014, ’16 and ’18), Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, MarShon Brooks and Keith Bogans who they signed just to trade Boston.
3 first round picks over the next 4 years, for veterans that may not even last 4 years? Seems like a lot to give up, but this is a team who made the playoffs last year, and wants to win now. Don’t get me wrong, these guys can still ball, but as far as for the future of the franchise, if this team does not win now then it will be a bad move.
As for the Celtics, they are obviously in a rebuilding stage. Taking all of Rondo’s support away from him may even force Rondo to not sign an extension after his ’14-’15 contract expires. That is, if Rondo even rehabs his torn ACL enough for the Celtics to want him to stay, or if he will pull a Derrick Rose and take a year off to watch his team play.
All in all, this seems like a lose-lose trade. The Nets may be able to sell more jersey’s with their new roster, but with teams such as the Heat, Pacers and even the Bulls, I don’t see them winning any championship any time soon. And as for the Celtics, they have been declining little by little ever since their game 7 loss to the Lakers in the 2010, and I don’t see that changing any time soon either.