ORLANDO, Fla. — The Boston Celtics' rebuilding efforts are official now that the blockbuster trade with the Brooklyn Nets is complete.
The Celtics sent Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and D.J. White to the Nets in exchange for forwards Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries, wing Keith Bogans, guard MarShon Brooks and forward Kris Joseph.\
Boston also receives three unprotected first-round picks (2014, 2016 and 2018), as well as the option to swap first-round picks in 2017.
“We would like to thank Paul, Kevin, and Jason for everything that they have done for this franchise," said Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, in a statement. "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.
Ainge added: “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.”
In Brooklyn, Nets principle owner Mikhail Prokhorov said, “Today, the basketball gods smiled on the Nets. 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. "
“We are excited to welcome Kevin, Paul and Jason to Brooklyn,” said general manager Billy King. “All three players have championship pedigree and possess the veteran qualities that will make us a stronger team.”