The trade that sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets hasn’t exactly been a boon for Brooklyn.
The deal pushed the Nets’ payroll into the stratosphere, and the on-court results have been one playoff series victory last year and a 16-19 record this year with Pierce on the Wizards.
Gerald Wallace was on the other side of that Garnett-Pierce deal. Wallace looked washed up during his final year with the Nets, and they included him to make salaries match. Wallace made his dissatisfaction with being sent to Boston known, and though he seems happier there lately, he’s going to kick the trade while it’s down.
“It was one of those stories of a get-rich-quick scheme. You either hit it big or you don’t,” Wallace said. “They took a gamble. It backfired.”
Honestly, when I first saw Wallace’s quote without context, I thought he was talking about the trade that brought him to the Nets.
They sent the Trail Blazers the first-round pick that became Damian Lillard, which was bad enough. But Wallace opted out after that mid-season trade, and the Nets doubled down by re-signing him for $40 million over four years.
Talk about a get-rich-quick scheme that backfired.
Unfortunately for the Nets, it’s tough to keep track of all their failed plans for instant contention.