NBA Trades 2011 | Celtics Traded Kendrick Perkins for Jeff GreenCategory: Basketball
If it ain’t broke, why fix it?
Well, Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge must know something that we don’t.
In easily the most surprising trade before the NBA trade deadline, Boston sent its starting center Kendrick Perkins and backup point guard Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder for forward Jeff Green and center Nenad Krstic.
Perkins is clearly not yet in 100% form after coming back from an injury but come playoffs time, he is definitely needed as along with Kevin Garnett, he anchors Boston’s frontcourt defense. His backup centers Shaquille O’Neal and Jermaine O’Neal would be OK… if it was five years ago when both are the best centers in the NBA. Both have missed a significant amount of games to injuries this season and they’re clearly not as dominant as they used to be.
Nate Robinson might be a shoot-first point guard but I love his intensity and hustle when on the court and his antics when off-court. Along with the Big Shamrock, he gives life to an otherwise so serious Boston Celtics locker-room atmosphere.
In a separate deal, the Celtics also sent young centers Luke Harangody and Semih Erden to the Cleveland Cavaliers for a second-round pick.
These deals are actually not needed as the Celtics are not struggling unlike the other teams who made big trades this season. Boston is in fact currently reigning over the Eastern Conference. So, this is really surprising.
What could Ainge be thinking? Rebuilding for the future eh?
When the old Big Three is gone, will it be Rajon Rondo, Glen Davis and Jeff Green as the new Big Three? LOL.If you want to receive my latest posts, please subscribe to my full feed RSS or have them delivered through email. Just enter your email address below and hit the Subscribe button.