Did the Celtics win the trade with the Nets?

Did the Celtics win the trade with the Nets?
December 11, 2013, 3:00 am
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It's still early in the season, but it looks like the Celtics were clearly the winners in the offseason deal that sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn in a deal that got the Celtics a bunch of Nets first round picks.

Gary Tanguay, Mike Felger, and Tim Welsh sit down to discuss the deal - and how it looks like Danny Ainge really won it hands down.

The Celtics fleeced the Nets, there's no question about it," Welsh said. "Just look at Kevin Garnett's and Paul Pierce's numbers right now. I know it's early and they've been playing without the point guard, those numbers will go up playing with Williams now that he's back. But listen, they're at the tail-end of their career. They're both shooting in the mid-30-percent from the floor. They don't have the passion right now. There's no atmosphere in Brooklyn, they sell out every game but it's not the Boston Celtics. Boston has all the picks now moving forward - I think the Celtics fleeced them."

Felger agrees with Welsh, saying that it's not even close.

"They didn't just fleece them, they killed them," Felger said. "You get Brooklyn's unprotected first round pick in 2016, the right to flip with them in 2017 unprotected again so if they're a lottery team in 2017 you get their lottery pick in 2017. You get their unprotected pick in 2018. Can't you see in a couple of years this Brooklyn Nets thing totally blowing up and being like the old New Jersey Nets where they're in last place?"

What do you think? Did the Celtics clearly win this deal against the Nets? Or are we jumping the gun and need to give the Nets more time? Let us know in the comments section.