The Boston Celtics announced today that they have traded forward Paul Pierce, forward/center Kevin Garnett, guard Jason Terry and forward D.J. White to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for forwards Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries, guard/forward Keith Bogans, guard MarShon Brooks, forward Kris Joseph, three future first round draft picks and the option to swap first round picks during the 2017 draft.
“We would like to thank Paul, Kevin, and Jason for everything that they have done for this franchise. 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,” said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. “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.”
“Paul and Kevin exemplified everything it means to be a Celtic,” said Celtics Managing Partner and CEO Wyc Grousbeck. “They were instrumental in bringing back Celtic Pride and providing our fans with the franchise’s first championship in over 20 years in 2008. We wish them nothing but the best in the future.”
“We are really excited to welcome Gerald, Kris, Keith, MarShon and Kris to the Celtics organization,” said Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens. “They collectively bring a great deal of versatility, unique skill sets and production to our roster. I cannot wait to get to work with them.”
Wallace, a 6’7” forward, has posted career averages of 12.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.5 steals in 742 career games over 12 seasons. Wallace was named an All-Star during the 2009-10 season with Charlotte when he averaged a double-double with 18.2 points and 10.0 rebounds to go along with 1.5 steals and 1.1 blocks in 41.0 minutes per game. He also shot a career-high 37.1 percent from three-point territory during that season. Wallace was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team during the 2009-10 season. During the 2012-13 season, Wallace recorded a season-high of 25 points against the Detroit Pistons on December 12. He also recorded 16 rebounds against Milwaukee on December 9.
Humphries, a 6’9” forward, has played in 558 career games split between Utah, Toronto, Dallas and the New Jersey/Brooklyn franchise and holds career averages of 6.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game. He posted his best statistical season during the 2011-12 season when he started all 62 games in which he appeared and averaged 13.8 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 blocks in 34.9 minutes per game. During the 2012-13 season, Humphries recorded a season-high of 20 points against Washington on April 15. He also recorded a season-high of 21 rebounds against Orlando on November 11.
Bogans, a 6’5” guard/forward, has appeared in 665 games during his 10-year career with career averages of 6.4 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. The former Kentucky Wildcat appeared in 74 games (23 starts) for the Nets last season and averaged 4.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in 19.0 minutes per game. Bogans recorded a season-high of 13 points against Philadelphia on December 23. A career 35.3 percent shooter from three-point territory, Bogans posted his best three-point mark during the 2006-07 season with Orlando when he shot 38.7 percent from the field.
Brooks, a 6’5” guard, appeared in 73 games for the Nets during his sophomore campaign last season. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team during the 2011-12 season when he averaged 12.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 29.4 minutes per game. The Providence College alum notched a new career-high in points during the 2012-13 season when he recorded 27 points and a career-high-tying seven assists at Cleveland on April 3.
Joseph, a 6’7” forward, was originally drafted by the Celtics with the 51st overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. He appeared in 10 games split between Boston and Brooklyn and totaled 11 points and nine rebounds over 54 minutes. Joseph also appeared in 27 games split between the Springfield Armor and the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League averaging 18.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.7 steals in 34.0 minutes per game and was named to the All-NBDL Second Team.
Pierce, a 6’7” forward, leaves the Celtics ranked second in team history in points (24,021), third in games played (1,102) and minutes (40,360), fourth in assists (4,305) and second in points per game (21.8). He also is ranked first in team history in steals (1,583), three point field goals made (1,823) and attempted (4,928), and free throws made (6,434) and attempted (7,979). Pierce was originally drafted with the 10th overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft and made 10 All-Star games, was named to four All-NBA Teams, and holds the franchise record for most NBA Player of the Week awards with 17. He was recognized as the MVP of the 2008 NBA Finals when he led the Celtics to their 17th NBA Championship. During the 2012-13 season, Pierce recorded three triple-doubles (most of his career), while averaging a team-high 18.6 points to go along with 6.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists while shooting 38.0 percent from three-point land.
Garnett, a 6’11” forward/center, appeared in 396 games with the Celtics and averaged 15.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks in 30.9 minutes per game. He was named an All-Star during five of the six seasons that he played for the Celtics and was named the 2007-08 Defensive Player of the Year. A member of the 2008 NBA Championship team, he also was named to the NBA All-Defensive Teams four times as a Celtic and was named to the All-NBA First Team during the 2007-08 season. Garnett averaged 14.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals while shooting 49.6 percent from the field this past season. Garnett reached notable career milestones with the Celtics including 15th all-time in NBA history in points (25,274), 10th all-time in rebounds (13,843), 18th in blocks (1,970), 16th in steals (1,742), 11th in games played (1,323), and sixth in minutes played (47,801).
Terry, a 6’2” guard, appeared in 79 games for the Celtics during the 2012-13 season after signing as a free agent, and averaged 10.1 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 26.9 minutes per game. He shot 37.2 percent from three-point territory. In his six playoff appearances for the Celtics he averaged 12.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists while shooting 44.1 percent from three-point territory. Terry recorded a season-high of 26 points against Denver on February 10. He posted four games this past season with 20 or more points and recorded 15 games with 15 or more points.
White, a 6’9” forward, was originally signed by the Celtics on February 28, 2013. He appeared in 12 games for the Celtics averaging 2.4 points and 1.1 rebounds in 7.2 minutes per game. He posted a season-high of eight points against Toronto on April 17. The Celtics originally signed him on February 28, 2013 after he had appeared in 32 games for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association where he had averaged 21.6 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 33.0 minutes per game.