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Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce traded to Brooklyn Nets for Kris Humphries, others

Paul Pierce Kevin GarnettThe Boston Celtics have officially blown things up. Earlier this week, they released head coach Doc Rivers from his contract and allowed him to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for a first-round draft pick. On Thursday, Boston agreed to a deal that will send Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets.

Now, Boston is officially rebuilding. The Big Three Danny Ainge assembled in 2007 of Pierce, Garnett and Ray Allen is all gone. The team was assembled to win a title, and it did just that. The Celtics will reportedly receive three first-round picks from the Nets in addition to Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, MarShon Brooks and Keith Bogans.

In making a deal with Brooklyn, the Celtics were thinking very long term. None of the players they received will make any type of significant impact, but the NBA requires salaries to be equal in any trade. The trade was more about the draft picks, with Boston receiving a first-rounder in 2014, 2016 and 2018. By possibly 2016 or certainly 2018, Pierce, Garnett and Terry will have all retired. The hope for Boston is that it gets an early draft pick out of the deal at some point in the future — even if it’s the very distant future.

While many Celtics fans are outraged that Pierce will not be retiring in a green uniform, Ainge had little choice. Paying Pierce and Garnett the type of money they deserve was simply out of the question. Now, you have to wonder if Rajon Rondo will be the next superstar leaving town. We’ll get into that a bit more later.

Jason Kidd reportedly will be next Brooklyn Nets coach

Jason KiddJason Kidd will be the next basketball coach of the Brookly Nets, according to multiple reports. The team interviewed Brian Shaw for the job on Wednesday but informed him that he will not get the position, per ESPN LA’s Ramona Shelburne.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Kidd will get a three-year deal with the possibility of a fourth year as an option. The team is expected to hold a press conference this week to announce the news.

The Nets fired Avery Johnson during the season and opted not to bring back interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.

Kidd, 40, recently announced his retirement as a player and will step right in to coach. He played for the Nets from 2001-2008 and led the franchise to consecutive NBA Finals appearances.

What will be interesting to see is how Kidd works with Deron Williams, whom many blamed for the Johnson firing. At the time, Kidd said Williams’ shooting was the problem, not the team’s offensive system.

Jason Kidd reportedly wants Brooklyn Nets coaching job

Jason KiddJason Kidd announced his retirement from the NBA last week, and it looks like he is ready to move on to his next career.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Kidd had let the Brooklyn Nets know that he is interested in their head coaching vacancy. Wojnarowski says the possibility of hiring Kidd has been discussed within the organization.

Kidd played with the Nets organization from 2001-2008, which were some of his peak career years. He helped lead the franchise to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003.

Since Kidd does not have head coaching experience, the former point guard reportedly is working to assemble a staff of assistants who could help him.

Kidd has long been considered one of the smartest and savviest players in the game, so a transition to coaching would seem natural. In interviews after announcing his retirement last week, Kidd said he was interested in coaching.

Mike Dunleavy a candidate for Brooklyn Nets coaching job

Mike Dunleavy SrMike Dunleavy is a serious candidate for the Brooklyn Nets head coaching job, the New York Daily News reports.

The Nets decided not to retain interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, who went 35-19 during the regular season after replacing Avery Johnson as the team’s head coach in December.

Jeff Van Gundy was initially reported to be a candidate for the job, but Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski later said the interest did not appear to be mutual, likely because Van Gundy is happy serving as a commentator for ABC/ESPN. Phil Jackson has been mentioned as a candidate, but he may be more interested in a front office position.

The Daily News says Dunleavy has a good relationship with Nets GM Billy King and is golfing buddies with him.

Dunleavy, 59, lost his job as Clippers coach/GM during the 2009-2010 season and hasn’t coached since. The Daily News says Dunleavy had discussions with King about the job during the season.

Dunleavy and Jeff Van Gundy were mentioned as candidates for the job in December before Carlesimo was made interim head coach. At the time, Dunleavy openly lobbied for the position on his radio show.

Stan Van Gundy, Brian Shaw, and Jerry Sloan have also been mentioned as candidates for the position.

We’re thinking that the Nets won’t be able to land the big name they’re seeking and that someone like Dunleavy is much more realistic.

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian wants to buy Jay-Z’s share of Nets

Alexis Ohanian NetsReddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is making it known that he would like to purchase Jay-Z’s ownership share in the Brooklyn Nets.

Last week it was reported that Jay-Z will be selling his ownership share in the Nets — an amount less than one percent of the franchise — in order to become a certified NBA agent.

Ohanian, who sold the popular social media site Reddit.com in 2006, is a Brooklyn native and Nets season-ticket holder, according to NetsDaily.com. Ohanian tweeted last week to express his interest in buying Jay-Z’s shares:

Ohanian was also on Bloomberg TV’s “Money Moves” Tuesday where he again expressed his interest in buying Jay-Z’s share of the Nets.

“Absolutely,” answered Ohanian when asked if he would have interest in buying Jay-Z’s share. “In fact, I have tried to make as many public and private overtures as I can to let HOVA know that I would absolutely be honored to buy those shares.”

Nets Daily also says Jay-Z will decide who purchases his share of the team. Jay-Z reportedly paid $1 million for his stake in the team.

You can see Ohanian’s interview with “Money Moves” below. The Nets part comes at the very end:

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Reggie Evans says teammate saying he should be benched has motivated him

Reggie-Evans-NetsBrooklyn Nets forward Reggie Evans had his best game of the season on Wednesday in a win over the Portland Trailblazers, scoring 22 points and grabbing a whopping 26 rebounds. For a player who averages 4.2 points and 10.4 rebounds per game, it was a standout performance. So what got into him?

Evans says he drew motivation from a teammate who thought he should be benched.

“I got frustrated one day when one of my teammates told my coach to take me out the game,” he told the NY Daily News. “I bit my tongue. I didn’t say nothing to (my teammate).

“But me, knowing me, I usually attack and say something. I bit my tongue. I said, ‘Ok.’ I said, ‘Alright, start being aggressive.’ So I took it in a positive way, instead of just doing my normal self, like ‘What you say? What you say?”

That channeled aggression has led to 7.3 points and 15.5 rebounds per game in the month of March. He has grabbed more than 20 rebounds on four separate occasions during the month, which is no coincidence. When you accomplish something like that, you’re dominating the glass.

Evans did not provide any details about whether he heard the teammate make the comment or if head coach PJ Carlesimo told him about it, but something seems to have clicked. You don’t grab 15.5 rebounds per game over a month stretch without giving 100% effort. The Nets will need that to continue come playoff time if they want to make a run.

H/T The Brooklyn Game via Pro Basketball Talk

Nets launch app that allows fans to live stream games for free at Barclays Center

Tech-warsCommercial breaks, timeouts and halftime are the best opportunities to take a bathroom break or hit the concession stands when you attend a sporting event. It’s the only way to assure that you don’t miss any of the action, and if you paid good money for a ticket you want to get the full experience. However, these are the times when bathroom and concession lines are the longest. Fear not, Brooklyn Nets fans — you guys are covered.

According to The Verge, the Nets launched a new addition to their Barclays Center smart phone app on Wednesday night that allows fans to stream the games for free on their iPhone or Android device while inside the stadium. This means that any time a fan gets thirsty or needs to use the restroom, they can simply pull the game up on their phone and continue watching while they are away from their seat.

And that’s not all. If you happen to miss something — say while the dude at the beer stand is taking your order — the app allows you to rewind up to 30 seconds of missed action. It also allows you to switch between four cameras, some of which feature the regular TV broadcast views and others that stream from GoPro cameras mounted around the arena.

The app is powered through Cisco’s StadiumVision Mobile, which incorporates an advanced “multicast” system that is supposed to remain uninterrupted even if 19,000 people are using it at once. It sounds so advanced that I’m fully confident a Nets PR team that sends tweets like this had nothing to do with developing it.

It may be disturbing to some, but we live in a world where people’s faces are constantly buried in smart phones and tablet devices. If you’re thinking people don’t need WiFi and live-streaming games on their phone while they’re at an actual sporting event — think again. All stadiums and arenas will likely have this at some point. The Nets are simply ahead of the curve.

H/T Gizmodo