When it came down to it, the two biggest things that could have held up the Nets/Celtics trade was if Kevin Garnett hadn’t waived his no-trade clause and if Keith Bogans hadn’t agreed to a sign-and-trade. Certainly the $5 million played a big role in helping Bogans to agree to the deal, but he might have tried to look for money elsewhere if it hadn’t been for the fact that he appreciated the way the Nets treated him when he hurt his ankle the year before.
“The Nets were good to me,” Bogans told Tim Bontemps of the NY Post. “Like I’ve said, when I got hurt, they told me if I got healthy and came back and did what I needed to do that I would be fine.
“When they asked me, and the deal basically couldn’t go through unless I said yes, they took care of me so why I wouldn’t I say yes? They want to win there right away and of course I wanted to win there, but you’ve got to move on.”
Sports these days are definitely a business which occasionally can lead to organizations and players being cold toward one another. The Nets have not hid the fact that they are determined to do whatever it takes to win a championship ($185 million payroll and luxury tax bill anyone?). At the same time, they’ve been honest and fair with how they’ve handled their players and in this case it’s coming back around to help them.
Oh, and did I mention that the $5 million that Bogans got by agreeing to this sign-and-trade? I’m sure for a player who never made more than $2.6 million in a season that certainly didn’t hurt either.