Danny Ainge, finally able to discuss the franchise-altering trade that sent Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to Brooklyn, insisted yesterday that few choices could be more difficult.
But Ainge’s choice was either to make Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov insanely happy and to jump-start his own team’s future, or to doom the Celtics to one last gasp of nostalgia.
So in truth the choice wasn’t all that difficult.

“Instead of having a farewell tour this year and letting them go by the wayside, to be able to get the young players and draft picks, as hard as it is for some fans, as hard as it is for me to do when I care as much as I do about them, it was the right thing to do for the Celtics organization,” said Ainge. “It just softens the blow that they get to go together and play on a great team.”
The president of basketball operations sounded truly happy for the championship opportunity Pierce, Garnett and Terry are about to receive. All three will be introduced to the New York media Thursday.
Celtics introductions are going to be more fleeting. Kris Humphries, Keith Bogans and MarShon Brooks all sat at the head table yesterday with Ainge and Celtics coach Brad Stevens. Gerald Wallace, the fourth player in the transaction, was at his basketball camp in Alabama. Kris Joseph, the fifth, was waived as a cap-cutting measure.
Ainge admittedly is in a very fluid situation. Any or all of the four remaining ex-Nets may not make it to the season opener as Celtics.
“Everything is in flux for the next few months,” said Ainge. “We have a little bit of a logjam at our big positions, and a little bit of a logjam at the shooting guard position. There’s decisions and choices we’ll have to make over the next few months.”
Brooks, for instance, duplicates Jordan Crawford. Wallace is a match for Jeff Green, and Humphries would only take a bite out of the time normally slotted for Jared Sullinger and Brandon Bass.