Sources: Nets pursuing Garnett, Pierce
June, 27, 2013
By Mike Mazzeo and Marc Stein | ESPNNewYork.com
The Brooklyn Nets, in their latest ambitious move, are trying to construct a trade with the Boston Celtics that would enable Brooklyn to land star forward Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, sources confirmed to ESPN.
The Nets are trying to tempt the Celtics with a package headlined by three future first-round picks that would also potentially include players such as Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace and Tornike Shengelia. But sources told ESPN.com that no trade that would bring both Pierce and Garnett to the Nets could happen before July 10, which is the first date that Pierce's 2013-14 salary could be included in the trade.
Yahoo! Sports reported the Nets' pursuit of Garnett and Pierce as a package. The New York Daily News reported earlier this week that the Nets were chasing Garnett, who has a no-trade clause in his contract. Sources told ESPN.com that Nets hatched the idea of trying to acquire both Boston stalwarts in the same deal because Pierce's inclusion is seen as the surest way to convince Garnett to waive his no-trade clause.
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