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Paul Pierce, Kendrick Perkins recount Kevin Garnett trade to Celtics on deal's 13th anniversary

Paul Pierce, Kendrick Perkins recount Kevin Garnett trade to Celtics on deal's 13th anniversary

Friday marked the 13th anniversary of the trade that brought Kevin Garnett to Boston and helped the Celtics raise Banner 17.

On July 31, 2007, the C's traded Al Jefferson, Gerald Green, Theo Ratliff, Ryan Gomes, and Sebastian Telfair to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Garnett. It's a deal that will forever be remembered as one of the best in Celtics history, but it wasn't unanimously well-received 13 years ago.

Former Celtics Paul Pierce and Kendrick Perkins recounted the trade Friday on ESPN's "The Jump," and the two had far different reactions to KG's arrival. Pierce was a major proponent of Garnett coming to Boston, but Perkins wasn't exactly thrilled.

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"I wanted to do anything I could to get Kevin Garnett in Boston," said Pierce. "All I ever wanted was an opportunity to win a championship. Being on so many teams that didn't make the playoffs, that made the playoffs first-round exit ...

"I think I went to the gym that day and started getting up shots because I was getting ready. For the first time in my career, to be on a contending team with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, that was a dream come true because I thought my career in Boston was almost over."

For Perkins, the reasoning behind his initial disdain for the trade was personal.

"We were giving up one of my great friends Al Jefferson. I was the starting center at the time, he was the power forward. We thought the organization was building around us along with Paul Pierce," Perkins said. "I heard about that trade, I didn't care because I wasn't looking at the bigger picture and at that time, I didn't like KG anyway. He didn't like me, I didn't like him."

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Needless to say, it all worked out for Pierce, Perkins, and the Celtics organization. Perkins and Garnett's dislike for one another didn't last long as they've since become close friends, and Pierce finally was able to get over the hump and win an NBA title with Boston after nine seasons.

Jaylen Brown shares how Kevin Garnett motivated 2017 Celtics with colorful voice memos

Jaylen Brown shares how Kevin Garnett motivated 2017 Celtics with colorful voice memos

Kevin Garnett's impact on the Boston Celtics didn't stop when he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets just over seven years ago.

The ex-Celtics big man also is one of the NBA's greatest motivators who continued to check up on his former team after leaving Boston.

Jaylen Brown certainly can attest to that. During an interview with ESPN's Ros Gold-Onwude, Brown explained how KG would send voice memos to the team during the season, often with strongly-worded (and NSFW) messages. 

One of those messages came during Brown's rookie season in 2016-17, when Garnett chewed out the young wing for displaying poor body language.

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"I was at the end of the bench with my head down," Brown said, "and he sent a voice message through my strength coach over the phone like, 'You better pick your mother------- head up!'

"He was cursing me out. He was like, 'You've got to carry yourself a certain way.' So, he told me to pick my head up and fix my body language, right the f--- now."

Brown took KG's colorful message to heart and has blossomed into a confident two-way star for Boston in his fourth season.

The 23-year-old also recalled the poignant voice memo Garnett sent the Celtics during their 2017 first-round playoff matchup with the Bulls. Boston trailed 2-0 to No. 8 seed Chicago and was reeling from the tragic death of Isaiah Thomas' sister, Chyna.

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"He spoke so much life into our team," Brown said. " ... It was probably the most OG message you will ever hear in your entire life. It was dope.

"I remember him saying, 'There's two ways you can go. Either you can go backward or go forward. I feel everybody's emotions. Channel it out there and hit them in the mouth.' "

The Celtics did just that, winning four straight games to win the series and rallying behind Thomas to reach the Eastern Conference Finals.

So, when Garnett's number gets raised to the TD Garden rafters in the near future, remember that his legacy with the Celtics goes far beyond his on-court performance.

Best reactions to the Celtics-Nets blockbuster trade 7 years ago today

Best reactions to the Celtics-Nets blockbuster trade 7 years ago today

Seven years ago today on June 28, 2013, the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets agreed to one of the most lopsided trades in NBA history.

At the time, though, many felt it was the C's getting the raw end of the deal by trading away franchise cornerstones Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett along with Jason Terry. In exchange, Boston received Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Marshon Brooks, Kris Joseph, Keith Bogans, first-round picks in 2014, 2016, and 2018, and the right to swap 2017 first-rounders.

Although none of those players made a tremendous impact for the Celtics, that bundle of draft picks made them the undisputed winners of the trade. Plus, Pierce and Garnett didn't even make it two seasons in Brooklyn at the tail end of their respective careers.

- 2014 first-round pick: James Young
- 2016 first-round pick: Jaylen Brown
- 2017 first-round pick: Jayson Tatum
- 2018 first-round pick: Used to acquire Kyrie Irving from Cavaliers.

Even though the deal hasn't resulted in a championship, the additions of Brown and Tatum have helped the Celtics become perennial contenders.

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The blockbuster trade, of course, sparked some hot takes on social media and they're hilarious to look back on seven years later. Take a look back at some of the best ones below:

And that is why you should always think twice before hitting the "tweet" button.

Tatum and Brown will look to lead the Celtics to their first title since 2008 when the 2019-20 NBA season resumes next month in Orlando.