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July 13, 2013

Pierce, Garnett to Nets as blockbuster finished

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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 Jason 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 NBA’s 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 NBA’s 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.”

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