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June 28, 2013

Celtics agree to trade Pierce, Garnett in franchise-changing deal

Celtics: Huge trade would alter face of Celtics for years

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“I think that we are in a much better position than we were 10 years ago when I took the job,” he said, “when we had to do it in pieces and move at a very slow pace. Our goal is to do it less painful and at a faster pace. We feel like we have some good players.”

While that may be true, the trade of the heart and soul of the Celtics is certainly a decision that will resonate for quite a while.

WHO THE CELTICS GIVE UP:

Player Position Comment

Paul Pierce small forward Celtics’ captain averaged 18.6 ppg last season

Kevin Garnett power forward/center averaged 14.8 points, 7.8 rebounds but is 37

Jason Terry guard Former Mavericks star never clicked in lone season in Boston

WHO THE CELTICS RECEIVE

Player Position Comment

Gerald Wallace forward Former All-Star saw stats dropped to just 7.7 ppg last season

Reggie Evans power forward One of the NBA’s top rebounders. Very aggressive style

Kris Humphries power forward Former low post presence fell out of favor last season

Keith Bogans guard/forward Useful role player joining his eighth NBA franchise

Kris Joseph guard Celtics second round draft pick appeared in 10 games last season

Three first-round draft picks

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