Draft night is always about trades, which don’t always involve picks, and none were bigger than the deal between the Boston Celtics, sending Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets, who also got Jason Terry in return for Gerlad Wallace, Reggie Evans, Kris Humphries and more.
In terms of draft picks being traded, Nerlens Noel ending his slide at sixth with the Pelicans didn’t mean the night was over, as he found himself being moved to the Philadelphia 76ers for Jrue Holiday.
Celtics – Nets
This one didn’t have to do with actual draft picks, but no doubt it’s the biggest of the day and possibly the entire offseason. The Boston Celtics said goodbye to the last six seasons of playoff basketball by sending Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets (along with another aging veteran, Jason Terry) for Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Reggie Evans, Tornike Shengelia and three first-round picks (2014, ’16 and ’18), which at least the ’14 one will be a high lottery pick.
While Boston now go into full rebuilding mode, as their lineup will now probably consist of Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, Gerald Wallace, Jeff Green and Kelly Olynyk, the Nets have suddenly become more significant players in the East with squad consisting of Brook Lopez, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Deron Williams and Joe Johnson, with Jason Terry coming off the bench.
Title contenders? Hard to tell because of the age of some of their key players, but definitely expectations are much higher than before.
Pelicans – 76ers
Noel was talked about for over a year as the number one draft pick, but he slipped to sixth, and the New Orleans Pelicans traded him, along with a protected 2014 draft pick to Philadelphia for Jrue Holiday (who made the All-Star game last season) and Pierre Jackson, taken with the 42nd overall pick. Protection on New Orleans’ 2014 first-rounder to Philly is picks 1-to-5
Holiday’s $41 million contract is now off the books for the 76ers, who go into full rebuilding mode after the Andrew Bynum debacle last season, betting on a guy who might end having similar knee problems, although much earlier than Bynum’s started ruining his career. The Pelicans, on the other hand, might have themselves a team that’s not too far from being a playoff-caliber one, joining Ryan Anderson, Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon (if he’s healthy).
Timberwolves – Jazz
Trey Burke, apparently, at number 9, is worth two first round draft picks. The best NCAA player last season ended up in the top 10, but the Timberwolves traded him to the point-guard starving Utah Jazz for Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng.
Muhammad sunk a lot deeper than Noel, but that was a more gradual thing, as his High School credentials didn’t turn out to be that great in the Pac-12, showing a very limited repertoire of abilities (scoring and nothing more), and it probably wouldn’t have hurt him to stay in school for another year and try to add to his game.
The Timberwolves also got Dieng, who might be a massive help on defense, but there are a lot of problems about his knees and also him being a 23 year old rookie.
Mavs – Celtics
The Dallas Mavericks took Kelly Olynyk with the 13th overall pick, continuing a great day for Canadian basketball, and then traded him to the Boston Celtics for their 16th pick, Lucas Nogueira and two second round picks from 2014. Nogueira (who was later moved again) seems like a very intriguing prospect but will take some time to develop. Olynyk will probably contribute right away, but there’s a very low ceiling to where he can develop to.
Mavs – Hawks
The Dallas Mavericks continued shifting around the Brazilian center, who ended up landing with the Atlanta Hawks. Jared Cunningham and the 44th overall pick, Mike Muscala out of Bucknell also came with Nogueira, all for the 18th overall pick going to Dallas, point guard Shane Larkin.
This was also about freeing up some cap space, as the Mavs aved a little more than $1 million in salary cap space by moving down five spots and dumping Cunningham, although Larkin will probably cost that amount.
Timberwolves – Warriors – Thunder
Minnesota used the 26th overall pick on Andre Roberson, and then moved him along with Malcolm Lee to the Golden State Warriors for a second round pick in 2014 and cash compensation. The Warriros kept it going, trading Roberson to the Oklahoma City Thunder, ending up with the 29th pick, who turned out to be Archie Goodwin.
Warriors – Suns
Golden State weren’t done, and they swapped picks with the Phoenix Suns at 30th, so Phoenix ended up with Goodwin and Malcolm Lee, while the Warriors grabbed Serbian guard Nemanja Nedovic.
Nuggets – Jazz
The Nuggets took French center Rudy Gobert with the 27th pick, and then traded his rights to the Utah Jazz for the No. 46 pick (Erick Green, Virginia Tech point guard) and cash.