In a move not many saw coming, the Boston Celtics traded starting center Kendrick Perkins and backup guard Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder for forward Jeff Green and center Nenad Krstic.
Krstic will slide into the middle replacing Perkins and Jeff Green will provide the Celtics with some much needed forward depth off the bench. The return of Delonte West made this move possible.
Krstic is averaging 7.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game on the season appearing in 47 games. In 49 games with the Thunder, Jeff Green is averaging 15.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
Hardwood Houdini’s Initial Reaction: The move makes sense on a few levels. Perkins is a crowd favorite, but the Celtics have been unable to sign him to a long term deal and with now a history of knee problems, the Celtics were able to get something in return for him. The return of West has made Robinson expendable and they are now off the hook for the 4.5 million owed to him next season. The Celtics now have two more expiring contracts to add to the mix putting them in better position next off season.
In an ironic twist to the trade, when the Celtics sent their first round pick to Seattle for Ray Allen, the Sonics selected Jeff Green with that pick.
****Update, reports are coming out that the Celtics will also receive a 2012 first round draft pick (Clippers) from the Thunder as part of the trade. The pick is top 10 protected through the 2016 season. The Thunder acquired the pick by trading the Clippers their first round draft pick (#18 Eric Bledsoe) in 2010. This could be epic. In 2016 I am going to root for the Celtics and whoever is playing the Clippers!