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  1. More schedule leaks: Nets to host Heat in home opener, Knicks to host Heat Feb. 1

    Jul 31, 2013, 7:47 PM EST

    LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler

    The full 2013-14 NBA schedule is likely to be released some time in the next couple of weeks, but there are certain entities (like the league’s broadcast partners, for example) that have seen as close to what will be the final draft as possible. That’s one reason some of the marquee dates are beginning to…

  2. Chalmers knows East going to be a lot tougher this season

    Jul 30, 2013, 1:20 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    The Indiana Pacers get Danny Granger back and added a lot of depth. The Chicago Bulls get former NBA MVP Derrick Rose back. The Brooklyn Nets added Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, plus some depth. The New York Knicks added Metta World Peace and will have Iman Shumpert a full season. Miami has won the…

  3. NBA post free agency Power Rankings: Who is closing in on Miami?

    Jul 29, 2013, 8:44 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul and Griffin wait for play to resume as the Clippers trail the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    This summer saw Dwight Howard find a new home, the Clippers and Pacers add depth, and a few other teams making bold moves to get better (or, in some cases, worse intentionally). So how did all this impact the PBT Power Rankings? Glad you asked. Here is where things stand this summer (the number in…

  4. Doc Rivers says Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have plenty left to give to the Nets

    Jul 28, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

    When the Celtics pulled the plug on their championship aspirations by trading Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets, it wasn’t because those two Hall of Fame players were completely finished. Salary considerations — along with the reality that even if the core stars were kept together in Boston for one more season, it…

  5. Pierce, Garnett return to Boston for preseason game. Well, if they play.

    Jul 26, 2013, 8:44 AM EST

    Newly acquired Net's NBA players attend a news conference introducing them to the media in Brooklyn

    It’s going to just look strange — Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett playing in the TD Garden in Boston wearing Brooklyn Nets jerseys. It will happen twice during the regular season — but it could happen before that, during an Oct. 23 preseason game, reports CSNNE.com. Of course, this is preseason, so it is certainly…

  6. Pierce, Garnett talk Rondo’s adjustment to injury, very different team

    Jul 22, 2013, 9:55 AM EST

    Rajon Rondo

    The Boston Celtics are Rajon Rondo’s team now. The veteran leaders Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen are long gone, which was already going to make this a strange season for Rondo — they have gone from a team that thought about titles to rebuilding. Add in the fact Rondo is coming back off…

  7. Pierce says in Brooklyn he’ll be a “glorified role player”

    Jul 21, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    The Celtics were Paul Pierce’s team. It was the “big three” era but Pierce was the face of the Celtics, the best and most loved Celtics star since the Bird era. Even he admits putting on a Nets jersey next season will be a little strange at first, but it also will be very different…

  8. Celtics GM Ainge eyes opening night return for Rajon Rondo

    Jul 21, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo

    Rajon Rondo is the last bit of star power remaining in the Celtics locker room, after the team decided to enter a full-fledged rebuild by trading Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets. Rondo is not healthy, however, after undergoing surgery for a torn ACL injury he suffered in late January of last…

  9. Prokhorov says he’s done his part, it’s on the team now. No pressure.

    Jul 19, 2013, 8:44 PM EST

    Newly acquired Net's Pierce, Garnett and Terry hold up their new jerseys as they pose for a photo with principal owner Prokhorov after a news conference in Brooklyn

    Among the most popular discussion topics among front office types at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas was a thinly-veiled disgust at Mikhail Prokhorov and the Brooklyn Nets. While even elite teams are looking to save costs against the new tax structure — Miami amnestied Mike Miller to save money — the Nets went…

  10. Paul Pierce sold Kevin Garnett on move from Celtics to the Nets

    Jul 18, 2013, 6:28 PM EST

    Newly acquired Net's NBA players attend a news conference introducing them to the media in Brooklyn

    Paul Pierce didn’t have a choice as to whether or not he would be traded to the Nets, but Kevin Garnett did thanks to being one of the few players in the league that had a rare no-trade clause built into his contract. And apparently, it took a whole lot of convincing to get Garnett…

  11. Paul Pierce at his introductory press conference with the Nets: ‘It’s really starting to sink in as we speak’

    Jul 18, 2013, 2:21 PM EST

    Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce

    The Brooklyn Nets held their introductory press conference for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett on Thursday, and with Pierce especially, it seemed like the reality of his new surroundings was beginning to hit him all at once. Pierce has played all 15 of his NBA seasons in Boston until now, and will unquestionably go into…

  12. Paul Pierce says thanks to Boston with Instagram photos. Well done sir.

    Jul 16, 2013, 4:58 PM EST

    Paul Pierce

    As you certainly know by now, Paul Pierce is gone from Boston, where he was the most iconic Celtic since the Larry Bird era. All good things must come to an end and Pierce (as well as Kevin Garnett) will likely end their careers with the Brooklyn Nets. Tuesday Paul Pierce said a thank you…

  13. Keith Bogans will make nearly $5.1 million Boston next season

    Jul 15, 2013, 12:46 PM EST

    Brooklyn Nets v Indiana Pacers

    Sometimes it’s good to be trade filler. Keith Bogans is a “3 and D” NBA roll player who has stuck in the league for a decade, a guy who averaged just 4.2 points a game last season for the Nets, but he defended well and started 23 games for them. He made $1.2 million for…

  14. Rajon Rondo: “I will never play for the Miami Heat”

    Jul 15, 2013, 12:00 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo

    Rajon Rondo is the guy left standing, at least for now, as the Boston Celtics tear apart their roster to rebuild. Paul Pierce is gone. Kevin Garnett is gone. The “big three” era is gone. More changes are coming. Rondo’s name has and will continue to come up in trade rumors this summer and into…

  15. Celtics reportedly want to trade bad contracts they got from Nets. Any Takers?

    Jul 13, 2013, 4:30 PM EST

    Brooklyn Nets v New York Knicks

    As much as landing Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett  legitimized the Nets as a team to be reckoned with, their trade with the Celtics was almost as important for the fact they dumped the two worst contracts on their roster — Kris Humphries (one year, $12 million) and the awful Gerald Wallace deal (three years,…

  16. Nets, Celtics officially complete trade sending Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn

    Jul 12, 2013, 2:29 PM EST

    Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce

    The Nets and Celtics have officially completed their blockbuster trade that sends Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn. Because this detail had so many reported iterations, here are the final terms: The Brooklyn Nets have acquired Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and D.J. White from the Boston Celtics in exchange for Gerald Wallace,…

  17. Celtics took out full-page newspaper ad to thank Pierce, Garnett

    Jul 12, 2013, 11:50 AM EST

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce talk over a play in the fourth quarter against the New York Knicks in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York

    It was time for it to end in Boston, but that doesn’t mean it had to end badly. Iconic Celtics Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are members of the Brooklyn Nets. Which is weird to type and will seem even stranger when we see Pierce in Jay-Z designed black and white next season. But there…

  18. Report: Nets to sign Andrei Kirilenko to two-year contract starting at $3.18 million

    Jul 11, 2013, 6:33 PM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kirilenko looks to pass the ball as he falls to the fall in front of teammate Williams and Brooklyn Nets guard Johnson in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    The rich get richer. Or the rich get poorer, depending on your perspective. The Nets, already set to pay an unprecedentedly large luxury tax, will add another player who adds to the bill. Peter Vecsey of the New York Post: This just in: Nets have signed. Kirilenko for mini mid-level, 3.1M per — Peter Vecsey…

  19. Report: Carmelo Anthony wanted Knicks to go after Rondo

    Jul 10, 2013, 2:44 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo

    Carmelo Anthony gets it. He looks at the Knicks roster — which won 54 games and got to the second round of the playoffs — and realizes they don’t have enough. Not with the Heat still out there, with Indiana getting better, the Bulls getting Derrick Rose back, even the Brooklyn Nets getting better with…

  20. Monday And-1 links: Paul Pierce is relaxing, playing some poker

    Jul 8, 2013, 6:22 PM EST

    Paul Pierce

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like basketball junkies love Summer League…. • Paul Pierce seems to be enjoying himself…

  21. Winners and losers to this point in NBA free agency

    Jul 7, 2013, 11:00 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers Introduce Chris Paul

    Teams began entering into agreements with free agent players shortly after midnight Eastern on July 1, but due to a league-imposed moratorium on activity, no deals can be officially signed until July 10. We’re almost there, and plenty of the top names available have indeed been swooped up by teams looking to make a splash…

  22. Now that Dwight Howard is headed to Houston, what’s next for the Lakers?

    Jul 5, 2013, 8:34 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Bryant and point guard Nash of Canada after shaking hands after beating the Charlotte Bobcats during an NBA basketball game in Charlotte

    Dwight Howard has made his free agent decision, and all indications are that he’s leaving Los Angeles in order to get a fresh start in Houston with the Rockets. There are plenty of topics for discussion surrounding this, obviously, including whether or not Howard made the right choice, what his real reasons for leaving were,…

  23. Dwight Howard and James Harden could form NBA’s best duo

    Jul 5, 2013, 7:43 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Dwight Howard is a center. James Harden is a guard. Howard is one of the NBA’s best defenders. Harden is one of the league’s top offensive players. Howard is an elite interior scorer. Harden’s range extends beyond the 3-point line. Howard is excellent as the screener in pick-and-rolls. Harden is superb as the ball-handler on…

  24. Brad Stevens was a smart hire for Boston… if they really are rebuilding

    Jul 3, 2013, 9:15 PM EST

    Brad Stevens

    I like this hire. Boston made a smart move. Brad Stevens was a coach on the rise, something a lot of people recognized around basketball. He used the principles of advanced statistics and a focus on defense to win at least 22 games a year at Butler and become one of the hottest coaches in…

  25. Celtics GM Ainge says team ‘has no intentions’ of trading Rajon Rondo

    Jul 1, 2013, 9:25 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo, Jose Calderon

    When the Celtics sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets for loose parts and future draft choices, the team made the decision to begin the long, arduous rebuilding process perhaps a season or two before it was truly necessary. The one star-level player remaining on the roster in Boston is point guard Rajon…

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