Six years ago Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett teamed up on the Boston Celtics. Their relationship was one of the main reasons Boston returned to the upper echelon of Eastern Conference teams and captured the NBA title in 2008.
Now Pierce and Garnett want to keep playing together, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be in Boston.
According to Yahoo!Sports Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics are reportedly engaged in talks that would send Garnett and Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets.
Brooklyn would send back forwards Gerald Wallace and Kris Humprhies, Tomike Shengelia, and three future first-round draft picks.
Yahoo! did say the 37-year-old Garnett has not been approached about whether he would waive his no-trade clause, which held up a deal earlier this year that would have sent him to the L.A. Clippers.
The three first-round picks are the best part of the deal for Boston, with team president Danny Ainge trying to kick start a youth movement. At the same time Wallace is owed more than $30 million over the next three seasons, and is a bit of a poison pill in exchange for the picks. But Humphries’s deal expires at the end of next season, wiping $12 million from Boston’s books.
The move would automatically put Boston in rebuilding mode, which was the reported reason why head coach Doc Rivers jumped ship to L.A. Evidently Pierce and Garnett don’t want to be part of another rebuilding effort either.
Pierce has spent his entire 15-year career with the Celtics and earned respect from fans for staying even when the team struggled at the bottom of the Atlantic Division before Garnett and Ray Allen arrived in 2007. He is second on Boston’s career scoring list with 24,201 points.
Sporting the second highest payroll in the league, the Nets were eliminated from the first round of the playoffs by the Chicago Bulls. The team has plenty of in-their-prime talent in point guard Deron Williams and center Brook Lopez, but Brooklyn's offense sputtered at times throughout the season.
Adding the veteran and proven leadership of Pierce and Garnett could help the transition of Jason Kidd from player to head coach as well. Earlier this month, Brooklyn hired Kidd two weeks after he announced his retirement.