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Celtics issue ‘thank you’ to Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

07.12.13 at 8:28 am ET
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On the day the trade becomes official, the Celtics issued a message to departed superstars Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett on both the team’s social media accounts and in an ad in The Boston Globe.

“To two of the greatest Celtics legends of all-time: Thank you. You will always be Celtics.”

The statement is accompanied by a photoshopped image of KG hoisting the 2008 NBA championship trophy and Pierce clutching his Finals MVP award in front of the Garden parquet and banner-filled rafters. The caption:

THANK YOU
FOR YOUR HEART
FOR YOUR PASSION
FOR YOUR SACRIFICE
FOR PLAYING THROUGH THE PAIN
FOR BLEEDING GREEN
FOR HONORING TRADITION
FOR AN AMAZING RIDE
FOR RESTORING CELTIC PRIDE
FOR BANNER 17

Apparently, they forgot: “FOR THREE FIRST-ROUND PICKS,” since it was the team’s decision to trade them.

Yup, it’s official, folks. The trade is scheduled to be finalized on Friday, shipping Jason Terry along with the two Celtics greats to Brooklyn in exchange for Nets Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Keith Bogans and Kris Joseph as well as Brooklyn’s first-round picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

If you’re a tortured fan who needs more proof Pierce and Garnett’s time in Boston is over: Check out these images of their Nets jerseys and watch Pierce tell TMZ, “Who says it’s the end of my career? I plan on playing 10 more years dude.” Also, read this retrospective on Truth and Ticket.

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