By: Kenny Doyle
The Brooklyn trade has it’s heroes. Danny Ainge gets the most praise for his foresight in the trade and setting up the Celtics for the future. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett come in at 2 and 3 on the list for their sacrifice in joining the Nets so the Celtics could rebuild, but perhaps the one player that deserves the 4th most credit and gets none at all is Keith Bogans.
On a podcast with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski this past Thursday, former Brooklyn Nets assistant GM Bobby Marks told the story of one of the little talked about participants in the Brooklyn trade: Keith Bogans.
“Bogans was with us the year before, I believe we had early-bird rights on him or bird rights... we weren’t gonna re-sign him there. He was kind of a little bit up there in age and to get the salary to match we had to do basically a sign and trade. We signed him to a 3 year 15.8 million dollar contract, the first year was guaranteed, it was at 5 million dollars, years 2 and 3 weren’t and that’s how the math worked. I remember calling him and telling him ‘Hey Keith, I need to send you some exhibits to sign’ and he says ‘for what?’ and I said ‘Well, we’re trading you to Boston’ he says ‘really? Wha-’ and I said ‘but you’re gonna get 5 million dollars and you probably only have to show up there’ and everytime I see him he gives me a hug… and that’s how we got all the pieces to line up. Because of Keith Bogans.”
Bogans played all of 6 games for the Celtics totaling just 55 minutes and 12 points. If Bogans declines to sign the contract, the Celtics-Nets trade can’t happen. The Nets didn’t have anyone else to match the salary of KG and Pierce. This whole Celtics rebuild falls completely apart if it wasn’t for Keith Bogans. No Jaylen Brown, no Jayson Tatum, and no Kyrie Irving.
So Celtics fans, if you ever see Keith Bogans out in public, give him a hug (or at least a handshake if you don’t wanna seem creepy.) He’s as much to thank for where the Celtics are now as just about anybody.
Photo: (Bleacher Report)
Credit to The Woj Pod