The Washington Wizards managed to pull off an amazing feat on Saturday night and wrestle Paul Pierce away from the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers and sign him to a two-year deal worth $12 million.
It’s a small loss for the Bulls and Clippers, who inquired about Pierce but never seemed to make any sort of real progress with him on the open market. Brooklyn, however, now has questions to ask themselves in the wake of Pierce leaving and most questions revolve around the brother that Pierce is leaving behind in Kevin Garnett.
According to Nets beat writer Tim Bontemps, the loss of Paul Pierce to the Washington Wizards isn’t expected to affect the decision by Kevin Garnett to return for a 20th season in the NBA and his second with the Brooklyn Nets.
League sources say Pierce moving on will not impact Kevin Garnett’s decision to return for a 20th NBA season. Nets expect him back.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) July 13, 2014
What this really is, besides being about Garnett getting left behind by Pierce, is the utter failure the massive trade with the Boston Celtics last year has turned out to be. Jason Terry and Paul Pierce are gone, the Celtics turned the No. 17 overall pick into Kentucky star James Young and the Nets have nothing to show for it in the end.
That’s a depressing look at it, and the future in Brooklyn is bright thanks to Lionel Hollins, but the trade was a failure and it has set Brooklyn back in their quest to be competitive in the Eastern Conference.