Celtics Acquire Green, Krstic, Future Picks
BOSTON – The Boston Celtics announced today that they have acquired forward Jeff Green, center Nenad Krstic and a Los Angeles Clippers future first round draft pick from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for center Kendrick Perkins and guard Nate Robinson. The Celtics also acquired a future second round pick from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for forward Luke Harangody and center Semih Erden. Finally, the Celtics traded guard/forward Marquis Daniels to the Sacramento Kings for a future conditional second round draft pick.
“We are pleased to welcome Jeff and Nenad to the Celtics,” said Celtics President of Basketball Operations, Danny Ainge. “Jeff is a versatile talent on the offensive end and someone who can play multiple positions while Nenad, who is one of the better shooting big men in the league, gives us good size and length on both ends of the court.”
Green, a 6-9 forward, is currently averaging 15.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 49 games this season while starting for Oklahoma City. The former Georgetown Hoya was originally drafted by the Celtics with the fifth overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft and was traded to the Seattle Supersonics along with Delonte West and Wally Szczerbiak in exchange for Ray Allen and Glen Davis. Green recorded a career-high 37 points against New Jersey this season on December 1, 2010. He has recorded 20 or more points on nine occasions this season and has recorded three double-doubles. In his fourth year in the NBA, Green has posted career averages of 14.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 289 games.
Krstic, a 7-foot center, is currently averaging 7.6 points and 4.4 rebounds in 21.7 minutes per game while starting for the Thunder. The native of Kraljevo, Serbia has recorded a season-high of 18 points against the Chicago Bulls on 12/6/10. Krstic has recorded 10 or more points on 13 occasions this season and has posted one double-double. He recorded a high of 11 rebounds against Orlando on 1/13/11. In his seventh year in the NBA, he has posted career averages of 10.1 points and 5.4 rebounds in 395 games.
“We would like to thank both Kendrick and Nate for all of their contributions to the franchise both on and off the court,” said Ainge. “Perk was an integral part of our 2008 championship and we could not have asked for a better person to represent our franchise throughout his tenure with the ballclub. We wish both Nate and Kendrick nothing but the best in their future.”