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    NEW YORK -- Feeling he was close to a deal for Paul Pierce, a thought crossed Billy Kings mind. Wholesale Bulls Jerseys . "I asked, What about KG?"" the Nets general manager said. Yes, Brooklyn is also getting Kevin Garnett -- and a real shot at contending for a championship. "I would say ending today its a good day for the organization," King said Friday on a conference call. And its the close of a championship chapter in the Celtics storied history. Bostons blockbuster breakup is complete. Pierce and Garnett are Brooklyn-bound, and its the Nets who are thinking big as they head into their second season in their new home. "Today, the basketball gods smiled on the Nets," team owner Mikhail Prokhorov said in a statement. "With the arrival of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, we have achieved a great balance on our roster between veteran stars and young talents. This team will be dazzling to watch, and tough to compete against." Its a nine-player, three-draft-pick swap agreed to on draft night and centred on the two aging champions who won a title in Boston in 2008. Celtics general manager Danny Ainge eventually agreed to put Garnett in the deal, and Garnett waved his no-trade clause after some lobbying from new Nets coach Jason Kidd and point guard Deron Williams. The Nets also got Jason Terry and D.J. White from Boston, while sending Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, Keith Bogans and first-round draft picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018 to the rebuilding Celtics. Boston also gets the right to swap first-round picks in 2017. The teams agreed to the deal on June 27 but it couldnt be completed until after next seasons salary cap was set. The Nets plan to introduce their new stars Thursday at Barclays Center. Boston won five straight division titles from 2008-12 before falling back last season, the first following Ray Allens departure to Miami. Then the Celtics let coach Doc Rivers out of his contract after the season by acquiring a first-round pick from the Los Angeles Clippers. This trade signals a new phase for the team that has won an NBA-high 17 championships and got used to being in the hunt again after Garnett arrived in 2007. "Paul and Kevin exemplified everything it means to be a Celtic," Celtics managing partner and CEO Wyc Grousbeck said. "They were instrumental in bringing back Celtic Pride and providing our fans with the franchises first championship in over 20 years in 2008. We wish them nothing but the best in the future." The Nets went 49-33 in their first season in Brooklyn and have spent big in hopes of bettering that in 2013-14. They also signed versatile forward Andrei Kirilenko, re-signed backup big man Andray Blatche and added reserve guard Shaun Livingston. They blew well past the luxury tax line and are facing a bill of $80 million in taxes, but Prokhorov wanted a title within five years of owning the team. A starting five of Garnett, Pierce, Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez, along with former Sixth Man of the Year Terry, has a chance to compete for one. The window to win is small, two years at the most given the ages of Pierce and Garnett -- though King sees those as incentive more than detriment. "I enjoy the fact that people keep questioning Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce because I know that theyll come out and prove people wrong," King said. The Celtics hadnt won a title since 1986 before they acquired Garnett and Allen in 2007. They joined with Pierce to form the core of a team that won 66 games and a title their first season together, reached the NBA Finals again in 2010, and returned the Celtics to their longtime place atop the league. But Garnett is 37, Pierce will be 36 by opening night, and Ainge realized the Celtics days of competing for titles with this group were finished after a first-round exit, and chose to go in another direction. "We would not have won Banner 17 without Paul and Kevin and they will go down amongst the all-time great players to have ever worn a Celtics uniform," Ainge said. "At the same time we are excited to welcome Gerald, Kris, Keith, MarShon and Kris to the Celtics family. They bring a wealth of talent, experience, depth, and flexibility to our team." The Celtics thanked Garnett and Pierce, who is second on the teams career scoring list, with a full-page ad in Fridays Boston Globe. Wallace was a starter for the Nets last season, and Humphries and Bogans sometimes started. They join a Celtics team led by first-year coach Brad Stevens, the former Butler coach who was hired to replace Rivers. The Nets also will be led by a rookie in Kidd, who was hired shortly after retiring as a player and will see much more talent when he looks down his bench. Garnett is a 15-time All-Star and Pierce a 10-time selection, and both are among the NBAs top-20 career scorers. Even while slowing down a bit as they near the end of their careers, Pierce averaged 18.6 points last season, and Garnett added 14.8 points and 7.8 rebounds while remaining one of the NBAs most tenacious defensive big men. Terry averaged 13.5 points last season, his only one in Boston. Kirilenko agreed to his contract Thursday and was signed Friday. He will make $3.2 million this season and has an option for the second year. The forward opted out of a deal that would have paid him $10 million in Minnesota this season and will play again for former CSKA Moscow boss Prokhorov. "He is a true talent with tremendous versatility," Prokhorov said. "As a fellow countryman, I am especially proud that the best Russian player in the history of the NBA will be wearing a Nets jersey." Cheap Bulls Jerseys . Ferrer, trying to win his fourth title on Mexican soil, will next play South Africas Kevin Anderson, who eliminated American Sam Querrey,7-6 (2), 6-4. Also Wednesday, Gilles Simon of France beat Donald Young of the United States 6-4, 6-3, Ukraines Alexandr Dolgopolov downed Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-4 and Croatias Ivo Karlovic defeated Dudi Sela of Israel 7-6 (4), 6-2. Cheap Bulls Jerseys Authentic . 8 Kansas to a 64-63 win over Texas Tech on Tuesday night. The freshman from Vaughan, Ont. . -- Lou Brocks shoulder-to-shoulder collision with Bill Freehan during the 1968 World Series and Pete Roses bruising hit on Ray Fosse in the 1970 All-Star game could become relics of baseball history, like the dead-ball era. Well say goodbye to a much-loved WNBA player on Wednesday night, although we dont know which one. And well see if a team can overcome a very ill-timed technical foul incurred this past weekend.Theres always drama in any postseason. But with the WNBA going to single-elimination games for the first two rounds this year, the drama factor is ramped up. Heres a quick look at the first-round matchups that open the 2016 playoffs.No. 8 Phoenix at No. 5 Indiana, (ESPNews, 6 p.m. ET)The Fevers Tamika Catchings and the Mercurys Penny Taylor came into the league at the same time, picked in the first round of the 2001 draft. Now they face each other in what will be the last WNBA game for one of them, as both players are retiring when this season is over.Both Indiana and Phoenix fans have had their chance to say thanks to these two fantastic players in ceremonies on their home courts. The Fever and their faithful definitely do not want Catchings last game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to be a loss.But thats exactly what the Mercury hope to accomplish in their attempt to make the kind of statement in the playoffs that they didnt make in an inconsistent regular season. The Mercury (16-8) started the year with four consecutive losses, and that set the tone. Phoenix seemed back on track a few times this season, but surges were followed by more losses.Indiana won the teams first two meetings this season: 97-93 on May 18 in Indianapolis, and 78-60 in Phoenix on July 8. Then the Mercury took the third, 79-65 on Aug. 30 in Indy.That last victory was the end of the Mercurys three-win surge to start the post-Olympics part of the season. Yet it was followed by three consecutive losses, all on the road to East teams. So you get the picture: We really have no idea what Phoenix team well see Wednesday.Diana Taurasi leads Phoenix in scoring at 17.8 PPG, but she has shot a career-low 39.6 percent from the field. Taurasi, DeWanna Bonner (14.5 PPG), Brittney Griner (14.5), Taylor (12.5) and Candice Dupree (11.3) are the same group that won a WNBA championship in 2014.But the Mercury played far better defensively that year, holding opponents to 74.1 PPG. Contrast that to this year, when Phoenix allowed 83.3 in the regular season.The Fever (17-17) have had their ups and downs as well. Indiana doesnt have anyone who puts up big individual numbers; Catchings leads in scoring at 12.7 PPG. But there are seven players who average between 9.8 and 8.3 points, and at their best the Fever move the ball vvery well. John Paxson Jersey. We saw them do that Sunday against Dallas, which admittedly has an even worse defense than Phoenix. But that 83-60 victory is indicative of the kind of game Indiana would really like Wednesday to be.No. 7 Seattle at No. 6 Atlanta (ESPNews, 8 p.m. ET)The last time the Storm and Dream met in a playoff game, Seattle celebrated its second WNBA championship. That was Game 3 of the 2010 WNBA Finals, which the Storm won 87-84 as they completed a sweep of very close games.Angel McCoughtry, who had 35 points in that game, and Sancho Lyttle are the Atlanta players from 2010 who are still with the Dream; Sue Bird and Abby Bishop are still with the Storm.When that series was going on in September 2010, Seattles Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd were still in high school. On Wednesday, they could be very big factors for Seattle.So could the fact that Atlantas second-leading scorer, Tiffany Hayes (15.0 PPG), wont play. She is suspended for the game after picking up her seventh technical foul of the season in the Dreams loss at Minnesota on Saturday.That was a critical mistake for Hayes, who otherwise has had a very good season. Its also not certain that Lyttle, who has been dealing with a foot injury that kept her out of the Olympics, will be able to play. She was hurt July 15, and returned for two games on Sept. 4 and 6. But she hasnt played since then.It puts all the more weight on McCoughtry, who leads the team at 19.5 PPG. She will get help from Elizabeth Williams (11.9 PPG, 8.1 RPG), who is the favorite to win the leagues most improved player award. Rookie Bria Holmes, who has averaged 15.7 points in her last six games, also has given the Dream (17-17) a boost.No rookie has been more impactful this season, though, than Stewart, who leads Seattle in scoring (18.3), rebounding (9.3) and blocked shots (1.9). Loyd is right behind in points, at 16.5 PPG, with the veteran Bird directing the show (12.8 PPG, 5.8 APG).Seattle (16-18) took the season series 2-1. The Storm won 84-81 in Seattle on June 28, and then in Atlanta 91-82 on Sept. 4. In between, the Dream won 77-64 on July 5 in Atlanta.This is a home game for the Dream, but its not at their standard home in Philips Arena. It will be at Georgia Techs McCamish Pavilion, which is where the Dream will play their games for the next two seasons as Philips undergoes renovations. Jerseys NFL China Cheap Jerseys Online Wholesale Jerseys 2018 Jerseys NFL ChinaCheap Nike NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Cheap Jerseys 2020 ' ' '