But the biggest news for the Bulls on the night was a trade that didn't involve any 2013 picks and won't even be completed until July: the Nets doubling down (or re-doubling down, or I suppose digging a really deep grave?) and acquiring both Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Here are the full details:
The final trade will be Garnett, Pierce and according to ESPN's Chris Broussard. Nets players and were included in earlier iterations of the trade, but apparently were scrapped for Brooks and Joseph instead.being shipped to Brooklyn in exchange for the expiring contract of , , , and (to make the salaries work) along with three first-round picks,
The three picks will come in the 2014, 2016 and 2018 drafts, but it's not as simple as saying theget Brooklyn's first round pick in those drafts. Boston will receive the worse of Brooklyn or Atlanta's first round pick in the 2014 draft -- Brooklyn owned the pick by way of the trade -- and also has the right to swap first round picks with the Nets in the first round of the 2017 .
The Celtics didn't do too well, and they're a bad team now, so who cares. But like we discussed earlier with the , are the Nets now challenging that coveted "we can challenge Miami" tier of the East?
Hmm. I'd 'bet' the Bulls are better right now still, but that's also banking on an optimistic vision for the Bulls (and I do have one!...for the regular season). If things don't go the Bulls way (similar to the last two seasons) the Nets are on their level.
This is partially the same team that pathetically couldn't take out the depleted Bulls in the playoffs, but they collapsed under their own flakiness and starting some zeroes on offense with Wallace and Evans. Now they have Garnett and Pierce in those roles. It's a potentially extremely good starting 5, especially if their aging former-stars defer their games to embrace their new, more role-player, identities. They'll be overpaid ones, so everyone should be happy.
Clearly rookie coach Jason Kidd (weird, right?) is a variable, but PJ Carlesimo was definitively bad. They're also suspect to injury, and need to build depth, but you can same about the Bulls. For their bench, the Nets did add Terry and keep Evans, drafted Mason Plumlee, and unlike our favorite team they won't be hesitant to use their taxpayer mid-level exception this offseason. And then beyond that, they could be seen as a ring-chasing destination for the same vet-minimum players the Bulls will seek.
For the Brooklyn Nets, it may likely result in a 2nd round exit, and we can all LOL at the 2018 draft I suppose. But while the Nets may have not made an 'over the top' move, they improved, and did it the only way they can (spend spend spend). After the splashes they made last offseason, that was their only chance anyway. They leverage what they can. In their case it's cash. The Bulls don't use that part of their franchise arsenal.
And the worst news is that now the Nets can't get suckered into a Humprhies-for-Boozer swap anymore...