Doc Traded To LA, KG/Pierce Headed To Brooklyn In Blockbuster Trade...
We're also throwing in one-year Celtic Jason Terry.
In return, the Celtics will get 3 first round draft picks, Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, and a series of bench guys (Keith Bogans, Kris Joseph, and MarShon Brooks). Sports Illustrated also has us getting Reggie Evans.
The key to the deal is that we get a series of first round picks. Throw in the Doc Rivers trade to the LA Clippers, and we will have a slew of first round draft picks for several years. The word is that the New Jersey draft picks are unprotected, too.
Wallace is a superb defensive forward, and he can score some. He's making $10 million a year for the next three years. Humphries is a rugged power forward who is best known for marrying Kim Kardashian. He's also the guy who fought Rajon Rondo last year,The other guys are bench fodder, though Joseph, Evans and Bogans have been around a while.
Boston will be terrible next year, They have Rajon Rondo coming off a terrible injury, Jeff Green, one year of Kris Humphries, and a whole lot of nothing. The 2014 NBA Draft is supposed to be deep, so maybe we'll land some stars there somehow. We do have multiple draft picks, and draft picks are currency.
Our starting lineup looks to be Humphries miscast at center, Jeff Green or Wallace miscast at PF, Green/Wallace at small forward, a Rondo/Avery Bradley backcourt, and a new coach. That should be good for, oh, say 20-27 wins. We are officially in rebuilding mode.
Recall that Red Auerbach didn't break up the Bird era team, and we had almost 20 years of futility afterwards. Ainge has made a bold and may-I-say wise decision in this case.
Paul Pierce was a career Celtic, and KG's arrival led to a series of strong seasons and one NBA title. Both will be sorely missed and fondly remembered in Boston. Godspeed.