Just call them, Boston Celtics’ South.
In the space of about an hour on Thursday night, the Boston Celtics went from hanging off of a charm bracelet to a virtual expansion team, unloading All Star Kevin Garnett, team captain Paul pierce and journeyman trey master Jason Terry on the Brooklyn Nets.
In exchange, the Celtics get three first round draft picks (2014,16 and 18), Kris Humphries’ expiring contract, Gerald Wallace, Tornike Shengelia, Reggie Evans and a sign-and-traded Keith Bogans.
Earlier in the evening, the Celtics traded away two future draft picks to the Dallas Mavericks for Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk, an offensive minded big man, whose ball handling skills were second to none among bigs in college hoops. The Celtics giving away those draft picks to move up three spots in the draft to get their man gave a pretty strong signal that the meg-deal was about to go down.
This marriage can not be consummated until July 10th to get Paul Pierce’s contract in line for the trade numbers to work.
More analysis on this trade forthcoming on Friday.