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Celtics announce Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett trade

The Celtics [1] officially announced the trade of superstars Paul Pierce [2] and Kevin Garnett [3] to the Nets [4].

The only surprise is forward D.J. White‘s inclusion in the deal that will send Pierce, Garnett and Jason Terry [5] to Brooklyn. White signed a $1.03 million non-guaranteed deal for 2013-14.

Meanwhile, Kris Humphries ($12 million) officially becomes the highest-paid Celtic, joining Gerald Wallace [6], Keith Bogans, MarShon Brooks and Kris Joseph in Boston. More importantly, the C’s acquired Brooklyn’s first-round draft picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018 as well as the option to swap No. 1 picks with the Nets in the 2017 draft.

‘€œWe would like to thank Paul, Kevin, and Jason for everything that they have done for this franchise,” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said in a press release. “We would not have won Banner 17 without Paul and Kevin and they will go down amongst the all-time great players to have ever worn a Celtics uniform. At the same time we are excited to welcome Gerald, Kris, Keith, MarShon and Kris to the Celtics family. They bring a wealth of talent, experience, depth, and flexibility to our team.’€

Excited, huh?

‘€œWe are really excited to welcome Gerald, Kris, Keith, MarShon and Kris to the Celtics organization,’€ Celtics coach Brad Stevens [7] added in the release. ‘€œThey collectively bring a great deal of versatility, unique skill sets and production to our roster. I cannot wait to get to work with them.’€

Excited, I guess.

Believe it or not, the Nets were pretty excited themselves about landing Pierce, Garnett and Terry.

‘€œToday, the basketball gods smiled on the Nets,” Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov said in a separate press release. “With the arrival of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, we have achieved a great balance on our roster between veteran stars and young talents. This team will be dazzling to watch, and tough to compete against.”

‘€œWe are excited to welcome Kevin, Paul and Jason to Brooklyn’€ added Brooklyn GM Billy King. ‘€œAll three players have championship pedigree and posses the veteran qualities that will make us a stronger team.’€