"I enjoy the fact that people keep questioning Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce because I know that they'll come out and prove people wrong," King said.
The Celtics hadn't won a title since 1986 before they acquired Garnett and Allen in 2007. They joined with Pierce to form the core of a team that won 66 games and a title their first season together, reached the NBA Finals again in 2010, and returned the Celtics to their longtime place atop the league.
But Garnett is 37, Pierce will be 36 by opening night, and Ainge realized the Celtics' days of competing for titles with this group were finished after a first-round exit, and chose to go in another direction.
"We would not have won Banner 17 without Paul and Kevin and they will go down amongst the all-time great players to have ever worn a Celtics uniform," Ainge said. "At the same time we are excited to welcome Gerald, Kris, Keith, MarShon and Kris to the Celtics family. They bring a wealth of talent, experience, depth, and flexibility to our team."
The Celtics thanked Garnett and Pierce, who is second on the team's career scoring list, with a full-page ad in Friday's Boston Globe.
Wallace was a starter for the Nets last season, and Humphries and Bogans sometimes started. They join a Celtics team led by first-year coach Brad Stevens, the former Butler coach who was hired to replace Rivers.
The Nets also will be led by a rookie in Kidd, who was hired shortly after retiring as a player and will see much more talent when he looks down his bench.
Garnett is a 15-time All-Star and Pierce a 10-time selection, and both are among the NBA's top-20 career scorers. Even while slowing down a bit as they near the end of their careers, Pierce averaged 18.6 points last season, and Garnett added 14.8 points and 7.8 rebounds while remaining one of the NBA's most tenacious defensive big men.
Terry averaged 13.5 points last season, his only one in Boston.
Kirilenko agreed to his contract Thursday and was signed Friday. He will make $3.2 million this season and has an option for the second year. The forward opted out of a deal that would have paid him $10 million in Minnesota this season and will play again for former CSKA Moscow boss Prokhorov.
"He is a true talent with tremendous versatility," Prokhorov said. "As a fellow countryman, I am especially proud that the best Russian player in the history of the NBA will be wearing a Nets jersey."
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