The contrast was stark. Down in Brooklyn, the NBA was holding its draft amid beautiful staging and much ceremony. Here in Boston, Danny Ainge enveloped the Celtics in scaffolding.
In less than two weeks, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will officially be gone to the Nets in a move that returns three first-round draft picks. The rest of the involved parties are essentially contracts to make the numbers work. In all, it constitutes a seismic shift.
And all this was going on some 48 hours after the Celtics officially let Doc Rivers out of a contract that would have left him a reluctant foreman on the big Boston basketball dig.

It is fair to say the architect of all this, Ainge, is wasting no time.
After squeezing six years out of a three-year window that began when he united Garnett and Ray Allen with Pierce, it appears the president of basketball operations wants to hurry the demolition in hopes he can be up and running toward contendership in a span more brief than the normal NBA gestation period.
“What I’ll say about that is I think we’re in a much better position than we were when I got here 10 years ago, where we sort of had to do it in pieces and move at a slower pace,” Ainge said as the first round was wrapping up last night. “Our objective is to do it less painful and to do it with more speed, more pace. So I think that we’re in better position moving forward right now, and with some of our younger core players, as well.”
The trade will appear extremely lopsided in Brooklyn’s favor during the 2013-14 season, at least. Yet it makes perfect sense from most every angle for the Celtics, even though it’s a move they never would have considered a couple of years ago, maybe not even last year.