Matt’s Take:

The Boston Celtics trash is now the Brooklyn Nets treasure.

Although the trade will not be official until July 12, the framework has been agreed upon, and the balance of power in the NBA’s Eastern Conference is shifting.

The Celtics, who won the NBA title in 2008, have completely thrown themselves in to rebuilding mode after trading away coach Doc Rivers to the Clippers, as well as stars Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry to the aforementioned Nets.

Once Rivers was traded, it was all over for the Celtics. To use the cliché, the writing was on the wall. And while Andrew is not a fan of this trade, I’m singing the praises of the Nets’ brass. As a franchise that’s looking to win now, you can’t pass up an opportunity to bring in players of Garnett, Pierce and Terry’s caliber.

It’s obviously a win-now approach in Brooklyn. With teams like the Indiana Pacers on the rise and the Miami Heat as two-time defending champs, the Nets had to pull off this trade to be mentioned in the same breath as the East’s elite.

I’m not for teams “buying” championships, but that’s the name of the game in the NBA these days — so if you can’t beat them, join them, I guess.

Once this trade is finalized, the Nets are immediate contenders. How can you argue with a starting five of Garnett, Pierce, Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, and Joe Johnson? This may be the best starting lineup in the NBA.

With LeBron James potentially testing the free agent market in the summer of 2014, the balance of power may just shift, and it could easily make its way from South Beach to Brooklyn.

Watch out for the Nets.


Andrew’s take:

This “blockbuster” is almost on my block. I’m not sure how I feel about the new neighbors.

I live in Brooklyn, about two miles from the Barclays Center, and my first winter in New York coincided with the arrival of the Nets.

Without really trying, I just got in the habit of watching all the games. Then, sometime around New Year’s, I had a moment of realization: “I’m a Brooklyn Nets fan.”

So, as a fan, when I heard of the terms reached between the Nets and the Boston Celtics, you would probably expect excitement on my part.

Not quite.

I’ll admit, the fact that Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are going to join Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson is very sexy. But how often will we get this line-up?

Garnett and Pierce are old. They’re going to get injured. And, even if these veterans were to have a miraculous season of youthful resilience, how can we be sure that the all-star line-up will play together? And when the Nets don’t win an NBA Championship next year, what’s to stop these guys from retiring?

The largest problem with this trade is that Brooklyn’s kitchen sink is now sitting in Boston. Seriously, the Nets gave up way too much. Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Keith Bogans and Gerald Wallace (my favorite) are headed to Bean Town, along with first-round picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018. Brooklyn gets Garnett, Pierce and Jason Terry.

In two years, the Brooklyn Nets are going to be left with no players, and no draft picks. It will be impossible to rebuild.

They should have hired Lionel Hollins instead of Jason Kidd, traded away Williams for a bunch of picks and started building around youth, as the most successful franchises in the game have done.

But I just live here, and watch every game. What do I know?

I guess I should just shut my mouth, and enjoy this next, mediocre season.