WHERE ARE THEY NOW? All the players and picks from the infamous Celtics-Nets trade that reshaped the NBA

One of the most notorious trades in the history of the NBA occurred during the 2013 offseason between the Brooklyn Nets and the Boston Celtics, a trade that would resonate throughout the league for years.

The Nets had decided to go all in for the upcoming season and traded a slew of draft picks and players for three veterans they hoped would be the final pieces to a championship team. The Nets did make the playoffs as the fifth seed in 2014, but were bounced from the playoffs in the second round by LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

Eight months after that playoff series, all three veteran players would be gone and little did anybody know at the time of the trade, the Nets would turn into one of the worst teams in the NBA. As a result, the draft picks given to the Celtics would routinely land near top of the draft, and in one instance, as the No. 1 overall pick.

Four years later, the Celtics just used the final piece from that trade, giving the Cleveland Cavaliers the final first-round pick as part of the deal to land Kyrie Irving.

In all, 15 players and picks were exchanged in the orignal deal. Below we take a look at what happened to all those players.


The Nets received Paul Pierce as one of the keys to the deal. Having spent 15 seasons with the Celtics, he was still a 19-point-per-game player in his final season in Boston. He was also about to turn 36.

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Pierce spent just one season with the Nets (13.5 points per game) before spending his final three seasons in the NBA with the Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers. He retired after last season and will soon have his number retired by the Celtics.

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The Nets also received Kevin Garnett who was coming off his 20th season in the NBA, the previous six with the Celtics where he won his only title. He was also coming off an All-Star season in which he averaged 18 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. He was also 37 years old.

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Kevin Garnett spent just 1.5 seasons with the Nets, averaging just 6.6 points per game before being traded midseason back to his original club, the Minnesota Timberwolves. He retired in 2016 and now hosts “Area 21” during TNT’s NBA broadcasts and he works as a consultant for NBA teams.

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The final veteran received by the Nets was Jason Terry who had just completed his 13th season in the NBA and had averaged 10 points per game the season before as a part-time starter with the Celtics. He was also about to turn 36.

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Terry played just one season with the Nets and was traded before the following season. He just completed his 18th season, averaging 4.1 points per game for the Milwaukee Bucks. He also won the players’ association’s Teammate of the Year Award. He is now a free agent but reportedly wants to play next season.

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The Nets also received D.J. White who had played just 12 games the previous season. He was included in the trade for salary cap reasons and was waived by the Nets just six days later.

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White eventually landed with the Charlotte Bobcats, but played in just two games, his final games in the NBA. He has since played in Spain, China, and the Cavs during the 2015 Summer League. He now plays for a club in Turkey.


The Nets picked up a 2017 1st round draft pick, No. 27 overall. It was used to select Kyle Kuzma.

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Kuzma was later traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, along with Brook Lopez, as part of the deal that brought Timofey Mozgov and D’Angelo Russell to the Nets.

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They also received a 2017 2nd round draft pick, No. 57 overall. It was used to select Aleksandar Vezenkov.


Vezenkov is a 6-9 forward who is considered an elite shooter. He will continue to play with Barcelona in Spain for now.

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The Celtics did receive some players, including Keith Bogans who was a 32-year-old who was a part-time starter in his one season with the Nets.

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Bogans played just six games with the Celtics the following season. After being traded twice in 2014 for roster purposes and later waived by the 76ers, Bogans walked away from the game, but re-appeared this summer with the Trail Blazers’ Summer League team.

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Boston also received MarShon Brooks who had just completed his second season as a backup shooting guard with the Nets.

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Brooks played just ten games with the Celtics before being traded to the Warriors and later the Lakers, his final season in the NBA. He now plays for the Jiangsu Dragons in China and averaged 36 points per game this past season.

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Kris Humphries was one of the bigger names traded to the Celtics. He had just completed his ninth season in the NBA and had averaged 5.8 points per game as a part-time starter.

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Humphries played just one season with the Celtics, averaging 8 points and 6 rebounds per game. He was a backup forward for the Atlanta Hawks this past season and is now a free agent.

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The Celtics also acquired Kris Joseph who was returning to the team that drafted him. However, he did not play for the Celtics this time around as he was waived just three days after the trade to free up roster space.


Joseph played three seasons in France and now plays in Italy and averages 8 points per game.

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Gerald Wallace was also traded to the Celtics. He was a former All-Star who had just completed his 14th season in the NBA, his second with the Nets. He averaged 8 points and 5 rebounds per game in the previous season as a starting forward.

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Wallace played two seasons with the Celtics as a backup and was eventually traded multiple times and waived in roster moves in 2015. He now runs an annual basketball camp in Alabama and is a diehard New England Patriots fan.

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The key to the trade for the Celtics was the draft picks. They received the Nets’ 2014 first-round draft pick, No. 17 overall. It was used to select James Young.

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Young just completed his third season with the Celtics. He is yet to start a game and has averaged 2.3 points per game as he has constantly been shuttled back and forth from the G League.

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The also picked up the Nets’ 2016 first-round draft pick, No. 3 overall. It was used to select Jaylen Brown.


Brown just completed his rookie season with the Celtics. The 6-foot-7 small forward averaged 7 points and 3 rebounds per game and finished 8th in the Rookie of the Year voting.

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Boston also acquired the Nets’ 2017 first-round draft pick, which became the No. 1 overall selection. The Celtics traded this pick to the 76ers who drafted Markelle Fultz.

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In that trade, the Celtics received the third overall pick in this year’s draft and selected Jayson Tatum. They also received a future first-round pick which will either be the Lakers’ pick in 2018 (if it falls among picks Nos. 2-5) or the better selection among the 76ers’ and Kings’ picks in 2019.

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The final piece for the Celtics was the Nets’ 2018 first-round draft pick which is expected to fall within the lottery selections.

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This pick was sent to the Cavs, along with Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, and rookie center Ante Zizic for Kyrie Irving and now the trade is finally history, for the Celtics and Nets, at least.

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