Sorry, Nerlens Noel and Ben McLemore. Anthony Bennett was the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft Thursday night and the Brooklyn Nets were the top story after agreeing to a trade with the Boston Celtics that could leave the Miami Heat's Big Three feeling undermanned. The Nets will acquire Celtics veterans Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in exchange for a modest package of players and three first-round draft picks. The trade cannot be completed until a moratorium on free-agent movement ends July 10. Brooklyn will presumably open next season with a starting lineup of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez in addition to Garnett and Pierce, making it a worthy challenger to two-time defending champion Miami in the Eastern Conference. The Nets would also acquire sharpshooter Jason Terry in the deal, fortifying their bench. As part of their ongoing organizational overhaul, the Celtics would receive Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Reggie Evans, Keith Bogans, Tornike Sheneglia and another player to be determined in addition to first-round picks in 2014, '16 and '18. The day was supposed to be about Noel and McLemore, who topped most mock draft boards. Neither player went in the top five, which maybe shouldn't have come as such a shock considering their detractors had as much to say as those touting their upside.
Nets and Celtics steal spotlight on draft night
Boston Herald | Jun 28