Celtics acquire Tyler Zeller and Marcus Thornton in three team trade

The Celtics have just made some major moves, as they've joined with Cleveland and Brooklyn to acquire Tyler Zeller, Marcus Thornton and another first rounder.

So, why did this deal happen, and what did the Celtics give up?

It hasn't been confirmed yet, but the Celtics likely used their $10m trade exception that they got in the Pierce/KG deal to make this happen. They needed to use that by Saturday.

All of this plays out exactly as Gary Washburn reported yesterday. Ainge did not have a desirable package for the Minnesota Timberwolves inorder to attain Kevin Love. So what is his next move? Create a better package by trading for veterans from teams trying to clear cap space.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are certainly one of those teams, as they are rumored to be a finalist to sign LeBron James. The cap space this clears up for them will allow them to do so. Why else would the Cavs be dumping players to create salary cap room? They must be confident that James is returning.

If that does happen, it should semi-please Celtics fans. James will be in the East still, but he will have spurned Pat Riley and the Heat you all hate so much.