“Celtics-Nation,” realized big changes were on their way, after the club granted former bench boss Doc Rivers his release from his contract in Boston, to take over as head coach and Vice President of the Los Angeles Clippers, earlier this week. The other shoe dropped, or at least started to dangle, on Thursday night as the “Boston Globe” has reported that the Celtics have a deal in principle with the Brooklyn Nets, which should close on July 10. After being a Playoff Perennial since winning the NBA Finals in 2008, Boston and their fans will be on the “WIGGINS WATCH,” next season as they hope to acquire the number one pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
The deal will send Celtics All-Star forwards, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce as well as veteran guard Jason Terry, to Brooklyn in exchange for forwards Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, guard Keith Bogans and first round draft picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018. Boston also will have a first round pick from the Clippers in 2015, courtesy of allowing Rivers to head to the West Coast, that will give the “Green Team” a total of nine first round selections, over the next five years.
It will also give the Celtics, needed salary-cap flexibility, despite being saddled with Wallace’s hefty contract. They would still be over the Association’s salary cap, but would not be penalized by the Luxury Tax next season. Humphries will be in the last year of his contract, so that would get them under next season’s cap, but with very little room to maneuver. The real reason behind the deal is the fact that Boston will be able to stockpile young, talented, players for the next few years.
Incoming Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins, a native of Toronto, already has NBA scouts salivating over the possibility of landing him next summer. Comparisons to Kevin Durant and LeBron James, by many longtime NBA observers are abundant; after suffering through what should a cold and lonely winter in Boston, moods would brighten up considerably if Wiggins is wearing a Celtics cap, the last Thursday in June next year.