|Posted by shawn cassidy on July 18, 2013 at 8:05 PM|
The trade hinged on KG waiving his no trade clause. Many fans hoped he would have said no, and what if he did? KG's loyalty is unmatched. It took him months to say yes for a Celtics trade in 2007. This time it was Paul pulling the stings, and getting into KG's mind with a 90 minute phone conversation. I thought this was an odd twist, but not shocked that KG took Paul's advice to heart. They both seemed the closest during this run.
“It was a situation where [the Celtics] were going to make a move, and once the deal with the Clippers didn’t go through for [Garnett], it was like, the Celtics were trading me, Doc was leaving, so what was left for Kevin?” explained Pierce. “I talked to [new Nets coach] Jason Kidd, and he was warming me to the fact of coming to Brooklyn, then he started warming me to the fact that they were trying to get Kevin, too.
“That’s when I called Kevin and asked him what he thought about coming to Brooklyn, he immediately said, ‘Well, what pieces are they going to give up? Who is going to be left? Is it going to be possible for us to win a championship?’ He was excited when I talked to him after warming him up, just to have the opportunity to come and win a championship and be alongside a young prospect like Brook Lopez, who he can try to take to the next level. And once I warmed him up to that, he was all in for it.”
“It was one long, long phone call,” Pierce said with a laugh. “Probably like an hour-and-a-half, two hours. I just remember I was standing outside and it was 100 degrees, and I just remember after the phone call I was dripping sweat.
We don't know every little detail, but with Paul's coming out of what triggered KG to say yes. Paul knew his time was up in Boston. Maybe he did have more of an interest to leave then we think. He reached out to Kidd of the Nets, and he seemed like he knew what was going on with Ainge. Make no mistake, I'm not saying Pierce asked for a trade, but what I mean is this. Paul was more accepting to leave then KG. I mean obviously, he was the one to convince KG to waive his clause. What I gather from Paul, was that he knew he was being traded at some point. All he wanted to do is pick his spot, and to take a good friend and teammate with him. I think it's a good ending for the duo. But I still want to beat them in Boston when we play the those Nets.