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The Boston Celtics struck a deal before the deadline struck to send Nate Robinson and Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City for Nenad Krstic and Jeff Green. Green you may remember, was drafted by the Celtics back in 2007, but traded him in the deal that sent Ray Allen to Boston.
Boston also receives a first-round draft pick from the Clippers 2012, although the way the young guns are coming together out in LA, it may not be a lock for a lottery selection.
This trade definitely makes things interesting for the Celtics going forward, but not in a good way.
Although they add depth behind Paul Pierce, they lose all the energy Robinson brings to every game, and have sacrificed a huge portion of the defensive size that made them so difficult to play against. Banking on the two O'Neal's to stay healthy throughout the post season is a huge gamble, and one that could force them into an early exit from the playoffs.
Perkins was the only legit defender the Celtics had on Andrew Bynum and Dwight Howard, plus there is no one on Miami or New York who could swing with him underneath.
Rumors are that the Celtics veterans are highly upset with the move, but Boston couldn't keep Perkins after he turned down their extension offer.
With Perkins and Robinson gone, a lot of pressure will fall on the two new additions, as well as Von Wafer and Delonte West.
It may have been better to keep Perkins for the season and have a high chance at winning it all, then dealing him away risking everything.
Celtics Grade: C-