(NEW YORK) — The Brooklyn Nets introduced the newest members of the roster — Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry — to the Barclays Center on Thursday.
Pierce is now a Net after spending 15 seasons with the Boston Celtics.
“Obviously I would’ve loved to have finished my career in Boston, but that day and age is finally over with,” he said. “My ultimate drive is winning a championship.”
As for his expectations for this team which which includes holdover Nets Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez, and Deron Williams, he said, “I think we’re going to be right up there with the best of them.”
Garnett’s acceptance of the deal was a deciding factor because he had a no-trade clause in his contract, and being traded with teammates made the decision easier for him.
“Obviously having Jet [Terry] and Paul with me was a really, really really big issue,” Garnett said. “You want to be in a position where you’re comfortable. I don’t know anyone that loves change, but changes has to happen for things to get better.”
Nets general manager Billy King understands what is expected of the reloaded team.
“We’ve got the pieces to contend for a championship, and that’s our goal,” King said. “This is a great day for Brooklyn, for basketball and for the organization.”
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