The 2013 NBA draft was held yesterday, and while it was filled with some crazy trades no one saw coming, it was definitely overshadowed by the deal the Celtics and the Nets finalized.
The Celtics traded Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry for some picks, some scrubs and Marshon Brooks. The big 3 era in Boston has been effectively over for a couple of years, although now, with Doc Rivers (going all Dwight and Carmelo on the Celtics) going to the Clippers and KG and Pierce traded, it is officially over.
The thought process from both sides behind this trade is easy to figure out; the Celtics are entering full-on rebuilding mode with Rajon Rondo as the centerpiece (unless he gets traded as well) and the Nets acquire 2 proven veterans with championship experience to bolster their squad for the present.
Speaking of Rajon Rondo, I wonder how he feels about this trade. Here is how the conversation between Rondo and Boston GM Danny Ainge went (in my mind at least):
Ainge: Rajon, we’re handing you the keys to the team. It’s all yours.
Rondo: It was already mine before I got injured. What are you saying?
Ainge: We’re trading KG and Paul to the Nets.
Rondo: Okay, who are we getting? Lopez? Form a one-two punch me and him ya know?
Ainge: Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Brooks, some picks and this guy called Kris Joseph who might or might not be real. Never heard of him, but he made the numbers work.
Rondo: Am I being punk’d? Is that still a thing?
Ainge: No Rajon we are just–
Rondo: We are just what?! Are you f***ing kidding me? Kris Joseph? Humphries? So we are just throwing the next what, three years away? I’m here to win titles.
Ainge: I understand your frustration but we are in this for the long haul, we’ll be fine. Once you come back healthy, and we get a top pick in next years draft, we’ll be back in the hunt.
Rondo: I’ll let you know when I’m healthy, maybe I’ll take the year off like D Rose.
Ainge: Oh that’d be great, it would improve our chances of getting Wiggins in the next draft. Good thinking.
Rondo: I’m out.
Wow, that was tense huh.
Moving on. Brooklyn now has a starting lineup of Lopez, KG, Pierce, Johnson and Williams. No doubt they have gotten better, especially if they can get another solid contributor off the bench alongside Terry and Blatche. But here is my problem, KG and Pierce are done soon. Real soon, and if you ask me, is this team better than Miami? No. Is this team better than Indiana? No. Is this team better than Chicago? No. So Brooklyn is still going to have a tough time in the East and still not go anywhere while paying a lot of money. At the end of the day, since Nets ownership has very deep pockets, money is not a problem, so in that case, you really cannot blame them for trying to win now. Especially since their two best players are still in their prime and will be 2 years from now.
My guess: This thing lasts 2 years, no championships, then go at it again with Lopez and Williams as the centerpieces.
Trade not official yet since no teams can officially trade before July 10th, but it seems to be a done deal. What a way to kick off the offseason.
Let me know what you think and be on the lookout for my next post where I blast Philadelphia for trading my boy Jrue Holiday. That’s nuts.