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Yahoo Sports, which first reported the talks, said the Nets would also get veteran Jason Terry from Boston and send Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, the expiring deal of Kris Humphries and first-round picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018 to the Celtics. Boston is left with Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green and Avery Bradley, along with Jared Sullinger and first-round draft pick Kelly Olynyk, a 7-footer from Gonzaga.

Tim Hardaway, a scout for the Miami Heat, said: “We don’t have to worry about Boston no more.”

Not next year, at least.

But the Celtics will have two first-round picks in four of the next five drafts, including the loaded one expected for next year.

“The Celtics wanted draft picks and they wanted to drop contracts. I was one of those contracts,” Rivers said from California on Friday in an interview with CBS radio in Boston. “It’s a hard thing to do, but I think it’s the right thing to do.”

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