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Report: Celtics to receive MarShon Brooks in deal with Nets, Reggie Evans stays in Brooklyn

Jun 28, 2013, 1:04 PM EDT

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One of the criticisms of the Celtics in their deal that will send Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets was that aside from the future first round picks, there wasn’t a lot of young talent immediately coming back in return.

Boston was set to receive Gerald Wallace (with three years and over $30 million left on his deal), Kris Humphries (whose expiring contract comes off the books after next season), Keith Bogans and Reggie Evans.

That’s great if you want to ensure you land in the lottery for the next couple of years, but none of those player are building blocks the franchise can develop into serviceable, long-term options.

A small change in the deal as constructed should help Boston out in that department.

From Ken Berger of

Trade between the Nets and Celtics has been revised, with MarShon Brooks going to Boston now and Reggie Evans staying in Brooklyn.

Brooks is a dynamic talent with potential, but he’ll need minutes and an opportunity to develop in order to reach it.

In his rookie season with the Nets, Brooks averaged 12.6 points in 29.4 minutes per game, and started for the team in 47 contests. His minutes were greatly reduced last season to an average of 12.5 per game, and he struggled to find his niche on a much deeper Brooklyn squad.

A rebuilding situation is a good one for Brooks to be in to continue to hone his game. He appears to have a nice offensive skill set, and could quickly become a fan favorite on a youthful Celtics team if given the proper chance.

  1. bigwii - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    He’s got potential last year he got screwed over by bad rotations but he will be a good back up/sixth man for Boston. All they have to do is take the trash out with Humphries and Bogans and they have a good trade.

    • halfbaht - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:55 PM

      what part of gerald wallace and his 3 year 30 mil contract is good? guy’s a scrub

      • bigwii - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:36 PM

        It’s movable but he’s always been a favorite of mine.

  2. azarkhan - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Evans is 33 with lots of downside and Brooks is 24 with lots of upside, so the deal is even better for Celtics then I thought. Can we just give Danny Ainge the NBA Executive of the Year Award now?

  3. saint1997 - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Brooklyn would have won more games if they didn’t refuse to play this kid

  4. GT - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    People calling this trade good or bad – it’s impossible to evaluate this trade yet, it could be the first of a series of moves. What if the 1st round picks given Boston turn into superstars or combined in a future trade package similar to what brought Garnett to Boston? We really won’t know how good this trade is for a few years. We can all agree it’s not a great short term deal (duh), but it turns the future into something a lot more optimistic.

  5. alildusty - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    revised trade is better for both teams. brooks can develop in boston as they tank and evans can be the big rebounding body down low for the nets.

  6. 1historian - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Next year the celts will suck, probably wind up in the lottery.

    Next year’s draft is supposed to be the best in years. The Celts will have

  7. 1historian - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    TWO 1st round choices. The Nets better hope they go deep in the playoffs because they will have NO choices.

    This was obviously a go for broke move for the nets.

    Took balls, not brains.

    Mr. Ainge – wipe that smirk off your face!!

    • borderline1988 - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      I love the deal for Boston.

      Boston needed to blow it up. If they didn’t, they’d have one or two years left of barely making the playoffs, their stars will retire, and then they’ll have nothing to show for it.

      Now Boston can accelerate the rebuilding process. You can argue that perhaps Boston could have gotten a bit more for Garnett and Pierce…who knows if that’s true? They still got something good..Brooks and the first rounders are a great start for a rebuilding campaign. And remember, if they suck next year, they have a shot in a draft to grab some surefire superstars…If you’re going to tank, this is the year to do it.

      Very smart move by Ainge, to wait for a good draft to blow it up!

  8. kb2408 - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    @1historian, what happened the last time Boston had two first round picks? Exactly.

    • 1historian - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      I have no idea – what does that have to do with this?

      I remember the 1980 draft when the Celts had Detroit’s #1 (overall) pick and they traded it to Golden State for their (#3 overall) pick and Robert Parish and they (The Celts) picked Kevin McHale, meaning that they got two starters who started on 2 NBA champs in one draft. It would be 3 NBA champs but McHale came off the bench in the 1980-1981 season. The only time I know of that anyone else did something like that was Jerry Krause in the 1989 (?) draft when he did some trading and stuff and got Scotty Pippen and Horace Grant in the same draft, and they were starters on the Bulls’ first 3 champion teams.

      Or maybe you have a zinger to zap me with. Go for it – I can take it.

      You HAVE to admit, though that having multiple 1st round picks in 4 of the next 5 drafts is a good start to rebuilding.

      They might even make the playoffs next year, but I don’t think so. Who they hire as a coach will be interesting to watch. I wonder what Doc Rivers is thinking right now.

  9. readysethike - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    i sincerely hopes they keep rondo. a backcourt of Brooks and Rondo is not a bad thing at all

    • readysethike - Jun 28, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      anyone care to explain why they disagree

      • jcmeyer10 - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:45 PM

        I hear ya man. People thumbs down without being able to back their stuff up.

  10. sportsnut101 - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    U can always buy into late first round for cheap not a issue. Do u really want the 22nd pick or eastern cof finals trip at least

    This team can beat pacers n bulls now. They will need time to gel of course but they get full training camp n most of the season. They need 3pt shooters I think that’s where they will be weak pierce n joe were ok last season but u can’t be ok when u make that much

    Good for Brooks he will get playing time def Avery Johnson made a poor decision by not playing him. U tells me he couldn’t guard Steve Novak of Knicks to ear a few min give me a break I wish Brian shaw was coach better system for this team n now who knows what system Kidd will have

  11. sportsnut101 - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Bet u Phil Jackson is mad as hell for turning it down now lmao

  12. kanemoney - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    The nets better make sure to have depth because they are going to have to do what the spurs did – manage those veteran minutes carefully

    • 1historian - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      Good point, which is why hiring a rookie coach will blow up in their faces.

  13. paulhargis53 - Jun 28, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    ookb aka lakerluver, when’s the last time the lakers had a 1st round draft pick? Exactly!
    When’s the next time they have one? Exactly. Stfu you hateable idiot.

    Your team is on the precipe of being the Milwaukee Bucks for a long time. Either just barely squeak into the playoffs or in the lottery. You don’t know crap about your own team, quit proving your ignorance on other teams articles!

    God what a flaming idiot you are!

  14. jadaruler - Jun 28, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    I might be in minority, but I like the Celtics squad. I think Brooks, Humphries, Wallace, Green, and Olinyk (spelling?) Can fill the holes left by KG, Pierce and JET.

    I think Fizdale would be the best fit as coach.

    • patfic15 - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:35 PM

      Keep Fizdale in Miami where has a nack for whining at every call.

  15. bigwii - Jun 28, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    If you think about it it was pretty equal. Boston with the Clippers and Nets trade now has 2 first round picks in the next 3 drafts and 4 of the next 5, including next years strong draft. Plus Brooks, and Kris Joseph who played well with Boston when he got a chance. My guess is they’ll trade Wallace at the deadline to a desperate contender for nothing, maybe Humphries if someone wants a effort rebounder, and just let Bogans rot at the end of the bench and dump him after this season. Once the dust clears Boston is set with young players, picks and future cap space by as soon as the end of this next season. They have Olynik who is an NBA ready center who even though he doesn’t offer much upside is still going to be a productive center. They have Iverson who a lot consider a sleeper, plus you can’t teach 7′ ft 255lbs. Plus Brooks who can be the shooting to Bradley’s defense at SG. They already have Rondo an All-Star which most rebuilding teams don’t have. They have Green who took huge steps last year and should only get better. Sully and Melo should get better as well. They may be a lottery team next year which is a good thing for them, especially with 2 picks. Once the dust settles Boston won the future and Brooklyn on the present if you think about it. Tons of upside for the Celtics with Brooks and Joseph instead of the other bums they would have got.

  16. metalhead65 - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    that’s nice because the celtics do not want to be good to soon. what good are all those draft picks if they finish good enough to make the playoffs in the next 3 years? they need young guys who have future while sucking for the present. I bet Wallace does not play a game for them, can’t they buy out his contract and spread the payments out over a few years? something like but not the amnesty provision?

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