Back in 2013, the Brooklyn Nets agreed to send four players and three unprotected first-round draft picks and the right to swap a first-rounder in 2017 to Boston for a package including future Hall of Famers Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. The deal ended up being one of the worst trades in the history of professional sports from Brooklyn’s perspective, but has set the Celtics up to potentially be the next NBA dynasty.
The Celtics whiffed on one pick received from the Nets – James Young in 2014 – but also received picks that turned into Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, and later traded a pick from Brooklyn in a deal with Cleveland to land Kyrie Irving. The Nets, meanwhile, los to LeBron’s Heat in the playoffs in their only full season with Garnett and Pierce, and have won fewer than 30 games in each of the last three seasons.
On Thursday, it was reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that the Houston Rockets, a team clearly in win-now mode, have offered the Minnesota Timberwolves a package of four first-round draft picks in exchange for disgruntled All-Star Jimmy Butler. Some fans and analysts have drawn comparisons to the Nets’ failed deal – but Paul Pierce, for one, believes the Rockets should go all-out to land another star player, even if it means mortgaging the future.
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