NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets selected Duke forward Mason Plumlee with the 22nd pick in the NBA draft as they worked to acquire Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce from the Celtics.
The 6-foot-10 Plumlee played four seasons for the Blue Devils and improved his scoring average every season, topping out at 17.1 as a senior.
The draft was just a footnote for the Nets on Thursday night. Brooklyn was trying to make a huge trade with Boston. According to a person familiar with the situation, the Nets were attempting to acquire veterans Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry for a package of players and draft picks that includes Kris Humphries.
The person confirmed the talks to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the details were to remain private.
AP Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney contributed to this report.