Earlier tonight, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers completed a trade that would send Boston coach Doc Rivers to L.A. for a first round pick in 2015, so long as the NBA approves the trade, which is likely. By making this trade, the Celtics have unofficially announced that they are in rebuilding mode, meaning that Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are likely on their ways out of town.
So what will this mean for the Brooklyn Nets?
First of all, it means that there is one less team they will be competing with in the eastern conference playoff picture for the foreseeable future. Boston will not be a playoff team next year and will not be competing for the Atlantic Division title.
The already weak eastern conference will now be even weaker and the only playoff teams in Brooklyn’s division will be the Nets and the Manhattan Knicks. Toronto also has a shot at the playoffs next season, but it will be very surprising to see them win the division.
Looking deeper at this, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will now most likely be looking for new teams. Pierce can be bought out and become a free agent, while KG will have to agree to waive his no-trade clause before he could be moved. Even though both players’ preference may be to join Doc in L.A., the NBA has made it clear that the league does not want that happening.
Therefore, the Nets should be a possible landing spot for both players, especially Garnett, with the Nets lacking a power forward.
A possible trade could be the now famous HBAP (Humphries, Brooks, and picks) to Boston for KG. The Nets would be happy to trade their current 22nd pick in June 27th’s draft and possible a couple of future second round picks as well to sweeten the offer.
Expect more news on Garnett and Pierce in the coming days.