Now that the Brooklyn Nets have traded for Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry, they have shot up the odds boards with regards to winning the NBA Championship.
After the trade had taken place and the dust had settled, the sportsbooks such as Bovada, betonline, topbet and sportsbook.com moved the Nets up to 15 to 1 to win the NBA title in 2014. That put the Nets into a tie for the sixth position overall on the board moving up from their previous odds of 40 to 1.
Boston, who is starting a complete rebuilding project, took another direction as they went from being ranked at 60 to 1 on most sites down to 100 to 1 to win the next NBA title.
The Nets are much better right away and the deal they made with Boston shows their win now mentality, while the Celtics know they will needs three to five seasons and top draft picks to reach the top again.
If even the Nets cannot reach the level of the Heat, they still will have the talent to challenge other top Eastern conference foes like the New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers, the second tier of the conference.
Many odds makers still do not believe the Nets will win a championship with their current roster. Bovada has the Nets at 13 to 2 for the East and that is still in fourth place in the conference behind the third place Pacers, second place Bulls and top ranked Miami Heat.
Boston blew their roster apart with looking to the future. In return for giving up Terry, Pierce and Garnett, the Celtics picked up three picks in the first round in 2014, 2016 and 2018. They also received Reggie Evans, Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Kris Joseph and Keith Bogans.
Boston management did not want to go through the doldrums they faced in the 1990s after Kevin McHale, Robert Parish and superstar Larry Bird called it quits and Boston did not get anything in return except for retiring jersey numbers.
The odds to win the NBA Title for 2014 overall are: