Digest for 07-13-13


Garnett, Pierce officially join Nets

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — The draft night blockbuster trade between the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets became official on Friday.

The Nets have acquired Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and D.J. White from the Celtics in exchange for Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, Keith Bogans and first-round picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018. The deal also includes the right to swap first-round picks in 2017.

“We are excited to welcome Kevin, Paul and Jason to Brooklyn,” said Nets general manager Billy King in a statement Friday. “All three players have championship pedigree and possess the veteran qualities that will make us a stronger team.”

Garnett and Pierce were integral parts of the Celtics teams that won the NBA title in 2008 and lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2010 Finals.

Holiday-Noel trade a done deal

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia 76ers have officially sent All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans for the rights to center Nerlens Noel and a 2014 protected first-round draft pick.

The Pelicans also received guard Pierre Jackson — the 42nd overall pick in this year’s NBA draft.

A first-round draft pick in 2009 out of UCLA, Holiday made the All-Star team this past season after signing a four-year extension with Philadelphia. He averaged 17.7 points and 8.0 assists over 78 games and joined Wilt Chamberlain (1967-68) as the only players in franchise history to average at least 17.0 points and 8.0 assists in a single season.

Mavericks reportedly sign Ellis

DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks have apparently added another player to their backcourt, signing free agent shooting guard Monta Ellis, as reported by the Dallas Morning News on Friday.

The paper said Ellis is expected to sign a three-year deal worth $30 million.

Ellis would be the third guard signed by Dallas this offseason after having inked point guards Jose Calderon and Devin Harris. The team also selected point man Shane Larkin with its first-round pick in the 2013 draft and signed Israeli free agent point guard Gal Mekel.

Report: Mavs rookie Larkin breaks ankle

Dallas Mavericks rookie guard Shane Larkin reportedly suffered a broken ankle while participating in a summer-league practice on Friday.

The story was reported by Yahoo! Sports, and the Mavs’ first-round draft choice is expected to miss 2-3 months.

Dallas acquired the former Hurricane with the 18th overall pick in last month’s NBA Draft after moving back two spots through trades with the Boston Celtics and the Atlanta Hawks.

— Sports Network