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Nets select Duke's Plumlee with 22nd pick

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RALPH D. RUSSO

AP Sports Writer

 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.

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AP Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney contributed to this report.

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