One underrated aspect of the blockbuster trade between the Nets and Celtics was the fact that its fate rested in the hands of Keith Bogans.

In order to make the numbers in the trade work, the Nets had to get Bogans to agree to a sign-and-trade deal to go from Brooklyn to Boston – and, in the process, from a playoff team to what likely will be a lottery-bound one.

But after Bogans was taken care of by the Nets the previous offseason, when they re-signed him after he suffered a gruesome ankle injury five games into his stint with the Nets during the team’s final season in New Jersey, he was more than happy to return the favor and help the Nets bring a pair of future Hall of Famers to Brooklyn.

“The Nets were good to me,” Bogans said Monday after he was introduced, alongside MarShon Brooks and Kris Humphries, at the Celtics practice facility. “Like I’ve said, when I got hurt, they told me if I got healthy and came back and did what I needed to do that I would be fine.

“When they asked me, and the deal basically couldn’t go through unless I said yes, they took care of me so why I wouldn’t I say yes? They want to win there right away and of course I wanted to win there, but you’ve got to move on.”