Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce trade between Celtics and Nets draws closer to completion


The Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets are reportedly in the final stages of a deal that will send Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn for a package that includes three future first-round picks. Hurdles remain, but not many.

The Boston Celtics seem to be moving closer to a total rebuild with Thursday afternoon's rumored deal with the Brooklyn Nets. The initial details were interesting, but Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski has been able to add context to what sounds like it'll be the biggest draft-night trade in some time.

The Nets are reportedly working on acquiring a package that would include Celtics vets Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry in exchange for the expiring contract of Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Reggie Evans, Keith Bogans, Tornike Shengelia, another minimum salary player (to make the financials work) and three first-round draft picks -- apparently in the 2014, 2016 and 2018 drafts, according to the latest from Wojnarowski.

The deal has reportedly reached the ownership level, meaning it's closer to getting done than most trades that leak to the media, but apparently nothing has been agreed upon just yet.

A trade that involves three first-round picks, a former NBA MVP and one of the best players to ever play for the storied history of the Celtics would be one of the bigger two-team trades to be made on the day of the NBA Draft -- though the deal can't be concluded until July 10 due to a moratorium. Wojnarowski reports that there is still one significant hurdle that might need to be cleared in order for the blockbuster to actually happen.

Wojnarowski reports that Boston won't ask Garnett to waive his no-trade clause until the trade is all but agreed upon, but it sounds as though there's a better chance than usual at getting Garnett to agree to do such a thing. Wojnarowski believes that Garnett would consider waiving his no-trade clause if he's able to go with Pierce, a good friend, to a big city (which Brooklyn obviously is).

It's going to be interesting to see how much further this trade moves on Thursday evening, but it seems to be headed in the direction of being finalized before the weekend.

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