Today in Celtics history: JR Bremer traded

Today, July 29th, marks the 14th anniversary of the trade which sent former Boston Celtics point guard JR Bremer to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Bremer, who joined the Celts after going undrafted in the 2002 NBA Draft, played his college ball at St. Bonaventure, where he made First Team Atlantic 10 honors in that conference. The Celtics snatched him up as a free agent after he went undrafted, and it proved a wise move. He made All-Rookie Second Team, logging 8.3 points, 2.6 assists and .6 steals in 23.5 minutes per game, looking like a steal. Most impressive, however, was the .369 clip he was hitting at from deep.

The Celtics, recognizing the value they'd seemingly stumbled on, promptly shipped him off to the Cavaliers with Bruno Sundov and a 2005 second-round pick to Cleveland for Jumaine Jones. In and of itself, this deal was nothing much to speak of, but was in fact the first of a series of trades too complicated to write out here that ultimately proved crucial to the Celts' next title.

The assets acquired (and in the case of that second-round pick that was sent out that would return to Boston in the trade which sent Tony Battie to the Cavs) would not only to bring the pick that would be used by the Celtics to select Rajon Rondo via Jumaine Jones, but through that second-round pick returning and being used on Ryan Gomes would pave the way for the trade which brought Kevin Garnett to the Celtics four years later.

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