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Chris Mannix on D&C: Celtics ‘got the most they could possibly get’ for Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett 06.28.13 at 10:28 am ET
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NBA insider Chris Mannix checked in with Dennis & Callahan on Friday morning, and the Sports Illustrated senior writer commended Danny Ainge and the Celtics for pulling off a blockbuster trade Thursday, agreeing to send Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets in exchange for a package headlined by the expiring contract of Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace and three future first-round picks.

The trade stings a bit at first, sure, Mannix said, but the Celtics got great return for a pair of older players with big contracts.

“Boston got the most they could possibly get for both these players,” Mannix said. “I’m going to be honest guys, I’m not sure they could’ve gotten a better haul for them. I’m not sure there is another team out there that would have absorbed one or both of those players and given the Celtics more in return.

“It’s a tough pill to swallow because in the short term you don’t get a whole heck of a lot in the players they get back. … Regardless, they get immeasurably worse in the short term, but I don’t know if they could have gotten more for those players.”

Mannix said Thursday’s deal is a very, very risky one for Brooklyn. The organization has in effect given itself a one-year window to win, and it could very well “backfire in their faces.”

“The Nets are throwing all of their eggs into this one season and hoping they can find a way to get the chemistry to come together and challenge for a championship,” Mannix said. “Throw in the fact that I have no idea how Jason Kidd is going to be able to coach these guys. I say this half in jest, but I’m almost expecting Kidd to resign in midseason and activate himself and hand over coaching responsibilities to Lawrence Frank so he can get one more ring as a player as a backup. It’s just a bizarre situation out there.”

The Celtics, meanwhile, could flip Humphries to the Bobcats for guard Ben Gordon, a deal Mannix said Brooklyn and Charlotte may have explored earlier.

Mannix also expects the Celtics to center their rebuilding around Rajon Rondo. That fact that the team didn’t take a point guard in the first round of the Thursday’s draft when there were several available speaks volumes about the Celtics’ plans.

“It’s a big risk, because nobody has any idea what Rondo’s reaction is to all this, how he’s going to handle being the focal point of a team that’s probably going to be really bad next year,” Mannix said. “There’s no reason to believe they can’t try to build around Rondo these next couple of years and see what happens. If it turns out he’s not capable of doing it, if it turns out it’s not working out, you can always flip him at the trade deadline or at the start of the following season for something better in return.”

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Reports: Celtics, Nets agree on multiplayer swap that would send Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce to Brooklyn 06.27.13 at 11:01 pm ET
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A blockbuster trade that would send Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce from the Celtics to the Nets in exchange for a multitude of draft picks and several players has been agreed upon by both teams, according to multiple reports late Thursday night.

Multiple outlets are reporting that the Nets would get Pierce, Garnett and Jason Terry, while Brooklyn will send three first-round picks (2014, 2016 and 2018) to the Celtics, along with Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, MarShon Brooks and Keith Bogans (via sign-and-trade).

The move caps off an eventful week for the Celtics, who also saw longtime coach Doc Rivers depart for the Clippers.

According to Yahoo! Sports, the final piece of the puzzle came when Garnett waived his no-trade clause after Brooklyn agreed to guarantee the $12 million owed him for the 2014-15 season, the final year of a three-year deal. (The Nets could have bought out Garnett for $6 million.) Yahoo! also reports that the trade can’t be made official by the NBA until July 10.

Reportedly, the Celtics also discussed potential Garnett and Pierce trades with the Warriors and Mavericks.

The deal officially ends the Big Three era in Boston. Garnett and Ray Allen (who left last offseason for Miami as a free agent) were brought to Boston in the summer of 2007 to join with Pierce, a longtime Celtic who was drafted by Boston in 1998. Alongside guard Rajon Rondo, the nucleus of the team delivered the 17th championship in franchise history the following June, defeating the Lakers for the NBA title.

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Report: Celtics, Nets blockbuster involving Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce pending at 1:20 pm ET
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The Celtics and Nets have agreed to a deal that will send Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn, pending Garnett waiving his no-trade clause, according to Yahoo! Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski.

While both sides are pressing to finalize the trade, Garnett “doesn’t want to be pressured into a quick decision,” a source told Wojnarowski, and the NBA’s moratorium prevents any deal from becoming official until July 10.

Jason Terry would reportedly join the two future Hall of Famers in going to Brooklyn.

Meanwhile, the Celtics would receive three first-round picks — in non-successive seasons from 2014-18 by rule, the report said, giving the C’s nine first-rounders over the next five seasons.

The Celtics would also assume the following salaries in order to make the deal work: Gerald Wallace (3 years, $30.3 million), Kris Humphries (1 year, $12 million), Reggie Evans (2 year, $3.5 million), Keith Bogans (sign-and-trade) and one more NBA minimum-wage player.

The Celtics also discussed potential Garnett and Pierce trades with the Warriors and Mavericks, according to Wojnarowski.

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Report: Nets reach out to Celtics about Kevin Garnett 06.26.13 at 7:59 am ET
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According to a report in the New York Daily News, Nets general manager Billy King called the Celtics about the availability of Kevin Garnett but has not heard back from Boston.

Garnett, 37, has a no-trade clause in his contract and said last season he would not waive it. However, that was before coach Doc Rivers left. The 15-time NBA All-Star has two years and $24.4 million remaining on his deal. He averaged 14.8 points and 7.8 rebounds last season.

The Nets have the 22nd overall pick in Thursday’s draft. They also reportedly are trying to trade guard MarShon Brooks.

Garnett played alongside new Nets coach Jason Kidd on the 2000 U.S. Olympic team.

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Report: Celtics finally send Doc Rivers to Clippers 06.23.13 at 6:45 pm ET
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Pending league approval, the Celtics have finally agreed on a deal that will result in Doc Rivers coaching the Clippers next season, according to ESPN.com’s Jackie MacMullan.

The Clippers will send an unprotected first-round pick in the 2015 NBA draft to the C’s in exchange for releasing Rivers from the three years and $21 million remaining on his contract, per Yahoo! Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski. Rivers will reportedly receive the same deal to coach in Los Angeles.

Rivers and Celtics president Danny Ainge have tentatively scheduled a noon press conference on Monday, at which point the two are expected to explain the drama that led to their breakup after nine seasons together.

According to MacMullan, Rivers and Ainge worked side-by-side to reach a deal with the Clippers that benefits both the Celtics and Doc’s desire to avoid a lengthy rebuilding process. C’s ownership also reportedly was not wild about paying Rivers $7 million annually to coach a rebuilding team.

Talks between the C’s and Clippers were dubbed dead several times this past week — once when the NBA refused to allow a deal involving Rivers and any package of players, and then again when the Clippers insisted upon not sending anything beyond a second-round pick in exchange for Rivers.

However, discussion between the two sides heated up again on Sunday, when Chris Paul pressured L.A. to concede in sending a first-round selection to Boston, according to reports from Yahoo! and The Boston Globe.

Considering NBA commissioner David Stern‘s recent comments, another deal that would have sent Kevin Garnett to the Clippers in exchange for DeAndre Jordan and another first-round pick still appears dead. After a week of highly publicized negotiations involving the two teams, it will be nearly impossible for Ainge to convince the league office that a deal involving Garnett isn’t linked to the proposed Rivers deal.

Still, Ainge is seeking a first-round pick in exchange for Paul Pierce, according to MacMullan, and The Globe relayed “better-than-average interest” in the 35-year-old Celtics captain. The C’s would also reportedly be open to picking up Pierce’s $15.3 million option for next season and shopping him at the trade deadline.

Meanwhile, Garnett has two years and $24.4 million left on his deal, and his no-trade clause further limits Ainge’s options in finding another destination outside Los Angeles for his 37-year-old center.

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Podcast: LeBron’s legacy and a Celtics circus 06.21.13 at 11:32 am ET
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Former WEEI.com Celtics beat writer and current SB Nation NBA columnist Paul Flannery joined Ben Rohrbach on the Green Street podcast to discuss the legacies of LeBron James, Tim Duncan, Ray Allen and Boston’s latest Big 3 era — all amidst a legendary NBA Finals and a C’s circus involving Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers.

To listen to the podcast, check out WEEI’s audio on demand page here or download it on iTunes here.

Also, don’t miss Flannery’s fantastic Game 7 column from Thursday night and follow him on Twitter @Pflanns.

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Stern: No deal can be made involving coaches contracts 06.20.13 at 3:48 pm ET
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The Celtics and Clippers were informed “days ago” that a deal involving Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett going to Los Angeles is not permitted under league trade rules, even if the deals were separated into two different transactions, a league source told CBSSports.com on Thursday.

Speaking on ESPN Radio in New York, commissioner David Stern said, “The teams are aware that the collective bargaining agreement doesn’t authorize trades involving coaches’ contracts.”

Stern added that there is no separating the two deals at this point because everyone is aware that the two deals would be part of the same negotiation.

“If you think those, at this point, having been all over the media for the last week, are separate transactions, I have a bridge that I would very much enjoy selling to you,” Stern said.

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