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According to ESPNInsider, the trade is Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson for Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic and an unconditional draft pick.

The Celtics' drafted Green in the first round of the 2007 draft before shipping him to Seattle as part of a package that brought Ray Allen to Boston. This season, Green averages 15.2 points per game, 5.60 rebounds and 1.8 assists.

Krstic is averaging 7.6 points a game, with 4.40 rebounds.

Orlando's Dwight Howard has always said that Perkins was the toughest defender he's had to go against. Now, with Perkins in OKC, Howard will likely be facing off against Krstic a lot more. A troubling stat for Boston fans, when OKC squared off against Dwight Howard earlier this season, D12 went off for 39 points and 18 rebounds.

Have to think that this trade would greatly affect Boston's standings as a serious contender for the title. Perkins is their best big and a fan favorite. It would be much harder for the Celtics to contend with Dwight Howard in Orlando and the Lakers' bigs with the unhealthy O'neals and Semih Erden. Also, their biggest advantage over the Miami Heat was their size, which they've sacrificed some of in this trade.

Pierce said at the beginning of the season that when the Celtics were completely healthy in the playoffs they'd be scary. Can that same thing be said now without one of their core? Doc had famously said that the starting five of Perk, Rondo and the big three had never lost a playoff series. Most fans and experts agree that the Celtics would be NBA Championships if Perk did not go down in Game 6 of the NBA Finals last year. Hard to see how the Celtics improved their chances in 2011 with this trade...

Mike Saver 2/24/2011 02:54:00 PM Edit
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29 Responses so far.

  1. mrkC says:

    booooooo! this trade is not true!

    what about the bragging of doc about the big 5!

  2. pnutz says:

    Oh man... So much for a championship...

  3. Anonymous says:

    Molim?

  4. Anonymous says:

    We're doomed! The Thunder just got better and we got worse. Tell me this is not the only move we made!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Just sign Wally Sczerbiak now and we'll have traded absolutely nothing for Ray Allen!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Gasol, Dwight...hell even Dampier is going to sh*t on our bigs. Shaq & JO can't stay healthy and Kristic plays like a shooting guard. Terrible trade!

  7. I'm all for it... I've never liked Perk. Maybe he'll learn one day not to continue to bring the ball down low for guards to steal it or feel the need for that useless dribble before going up "strong" to the hoop.

    Green gives offense, and Krstic can do everything Perk does. Celtics got the better of this deal...

  8. Bohemian says:

    What??? I just came back from work...Perk has been traded??? :(

  9. tb727 says:

    If Sefalosha is included and Rasheed comes back, MAYBE I understand this. But the short turnaround time? The uncertainties of Shaq?

    I don't like it...

  10. Anonymous says:

    Norman, Perkins is pretty much the best post defender in the NBA. Top five easy. That's yet he's huge against the other bigs..

  11. Well, I'm glad this at least brought Norman back from the grave.

  12. JR says:

    At least Steven didn't lose Luke. OKC just improved.

  13. IrishCeltic says:

    I'm all for Perk, but he was absolutely terrible on the offensive end. And when we were playing best, that run of 13, he didn't play.

    Also he won't be the same again as can be seen with his latest injury.

  14. shelbyl says:

    OK off with the joke now, someone shout "February Fools" soon please.

  15. WTF????? i am not even gonna read the article...the title jst broke my heart....true or not...done or not...the thought of is still heart breaking!!!

    Kunzang

  16. Anonymous says:

    F*** that if Perk and Nate leave im done watching for the rest of the season, This is bogus!

  17. Anonymous says:

    STUPID STUPID STUPID!

  18. This makes no sense. Defense wins championships. Perk was the anchor of the Celtics defense. Kristic plays little defense. I really need to take a break from the Celtics because I am so mad about this right now. Good luck winning a championship with a soft center. Good luck guarding Howard.

    The Celtics had one of the top YOUNG defensive centers in the nba and they let him go for nothing. This is probably the worst trade Danny has made as a GM


    In over 40 years of cheering for the Celtics right now I don't know if I really want to be a Celtics fan any more.

    Just an hour ago Perk made the comment that we shouldn't count him out on the road trip and that he'd be back to play because he's a Celtic

    I just don't know any more. It doesn't make sense

  19. Anonymous says:

    this absolutely F#####n retarded....was ainge that desperate to get a backup small forward what an idiot you give up your best low post defender for nenad kristic? he's horrible if celtics don't win a championship this year its because of this trade right here and danny ainges's fault

  20. Anonymous says:

    hahaha funny enough with the jokes! PLEASE! DONT TRADE NATE AND PERKINS.... thats gonna be bad :(

  21. tb727 says:

    Maybe Perk will fail his physical in OKC like Chandler did and the trade will get rescinded. One can only hope lol!

  22. IrishCeltic says:

    What way does this leave cap space etc??

  23. Bohemian says:

    I still can't digest that we traded one of the best defensive centers in the league and still with margin for improvement on the offense. A true Celtic and a warrior.

    I like Green and Kristic but...for Perkins??? Really Danny, this is a downer

  24. ThomasJ says:

    Whatever Danny's plan for the future, this hurt's our title chances this season and I was all in for winning it this season with the big three, Rondo and Perk line up intact.

    This was the best remaining opportunity to win with the vets over the improving younger teams and the incomplete Heat.

    Shaq is now the starting center vs. the likes of Dwight and the LA bigs. WTF!!!

    They are smiling in Miami and Orlando.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Danny Is A fucking idiot there goes our chance for a championship this year! What a fucking moron.......

  26. Just read that JR, you jinxed it...

  27. Anonymous says:

    Fuck Danny Ainge!!!!!!!

  28. Anonymous says:

    I'm a true green Celtics fan.. And when I found out about the news I was shocked!!Before the trade deadline, Doc said that they will be in the process but nothing drastic! And now Danny Ainge gave us DRASTIC! We lost our chance of winning a championship!

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