BOSTON — A large photo of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo hung in the lobby of the Celtics’ office on Causeway Street last night, greeting everyone that arrived for the NBA Draft.
Any minute now, that picture may be headed to a storage locker, the relic of a bygone era.
While Celtics president Danny Ainge did not confirm any decisions last night, all indications seemed to show that June 27, 2013 meant a heck of a lot more to C’s history than the day Boston acquired Kelly Olynyk.
Yesterday was the day the Celtics said goodbye to future NBA Hall of Famers Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
According to multiple reports, Boston agreed to a deal with Brooklyn that would send Pierce and KG to the Nets for first round picks in 2014, ‘16 and ‘18, former all-star Gerald Wallace and tough guy Kris Humphries.
In a separate deal, the C’s will send sixth man Jason Terry to the Nets for Reggie Evans and Keith Bogans. Former Celtic Kris Joseph is also a part of the deal.
In other words, the Celtics officially blew up their roster last night, and entered rebuilding mode.
Speaking during the draft, Ainge said that he could not yet confirm or deny if any trade had been made. But he did speak about the possibility of rebuilding.
“Timing is everything,” said Ainge. “Even if I wanted to, I was never really tempted to rebuild and more forward before. It’s always easy to say what your plan is and what you want to do. You need to have a team there to fulfill your plan.”
The Celtics have apparently found the team to make that plan a reality in the Nets.
But this is not simply a trade of veteran players with massive contracts. It is a farewell to two of the greatest players in the history of the NBA’s most storied franchise.