Boston Celtics To Trade Kevin Garnett And Paul Pierce To Brooklyn Nets

Boston Celtics To Trade Kevin Garnett And Paul Pierce To Brooklyn NetsAccording to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski and ESPN’s Chris Broussard, Kevin Garnett has waived his no-trade clause and the Boston Celtics will send Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets for a package that includes Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace and future first-round draft picks.  SNYNets states that the blockbuster trade won’t be official until July 10.

‘Looking to rebuild’

Boston already dealt former head coach Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers, a move that was finalized this week and noted in a Los Angeles Times piece from Broderick Turner.

Pierce ($15.3 million owed in 2013-14) and Garnett ($24.4 million owed over next two seasons) helped the Celtics win their 17th NBA championship in 2008, but now represent huge salary cap figures for a team looking to rebuild.


‘Impact players’

The Nets own the No. 22 pick in the 2013 NBA draft and have been no stranger to trading away draft picks for impact players in the past. When they acquired Williams from the Utah Jazz in 2011, the Nets parted with two future first-round picks, point guard Devin Harris and the No. 3 pick from that year’s draft, Derrick Favors.

If a deal was to come to fruition, it would likely include the Nets’ No. 22 pick so Boston could maximize this year’s draft while giving up two future Hall of Famers.  Pierce (18.6) and Garnett (14.8) were Boston’s two leading scorers in the 2012-13 regular season. Garnett also led the team in rebounding (7.8).

Humphries is entering the final year of a two-year contract he signed with the Nets last summer. He will make $12 million during the 2013-14 season. Wallace, on the other hand, is signed through 2016 and is owed over $30 million over the final three years of his deal.

The trade for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce — which team do you think will benefit from it the most? Boston Celtics or Brooklyn Nets?

 

Source: Ethan Grant | Bleacher Report

Image: The International Business Times

Mark Cuban To Draft Brittney Griner For NBA?

Mark Cuban To Draft Brittney Griner For NBAMark Cuban told reporters before the Dallas Mavericks’ game against the Los Angeles Lakers that not only would he give Brittney Griner a chance to be in the NBA, he would draft her if she was the best player still available (via ESPN):

‘I’d lean toward yes’

If she is the best on the board, I will take her. I’ve thought about it. I’ve thought about it already. Would I do it? Right now, I’d lean toward yes, just to see if she can do it. You never know unless you give somebody a chance, and it’s not like the likelihood of any late-50s draft pick has a good chance of making it.

After hearing the news that Cuban would consider picking up Griner in the NBA Draft, or at least giving her a chance to make a splash in a tryout, she gave Cuban the word that she was ready for the challenge.


‘Not just among women’

For the record, Dallas holds the 43rd overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft, not one in the late-50s. Regardless, Cuban talked about picking up Griner as if it would be more than just a publicity stunt, though he was obviously aware of the increased attention the Mavericks would get if he were to go through with it.

Griner, the three-time First Team All-American, 2012 AP Player of the Year, three-time Big 12 Player of the Year and four-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, has put together one of the most impressive college careers of any basketball player, not just among women. The only question left is whether or not she would be able to hang with men, even as one of the team’s last players off the bench.

So, would it be a good idea to draft Brittney Griner for the NBA? Who says ‘Yay’ and who says ‘Nay’?

Source: Jesse Dorsey, Bleacher Report

Image: Newsmax