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Less than an hour before the trade deadline, Boston traded starting center Kendrick Perkins and point guard Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a deal for forward Jeff Green and center Nenad Kristic.
Boston had a roster loaded with big men prior to the trade. They now have less interior defense, but more offense.
Jeff Green has averaged more than 15 points per game each of the last three season, but will be a bench player on Boston with Paul Pierce starting at the small forward position.
Nenad Kristic is a better offensive player than Kendrick Perkins, but does not provide nearly the defensive presence that Perkins possesses. On the other hand, Boston still has big men Kevin Garnett, Shaquille O'Neal and Glen Davis to clog up the lane.
Oklahoma City strongly improved their interior defense with Kendrick Perkins, and they now have more depth at point guard with Nate Robinson. Although the Thunder lost a great scorer in Jeff Green, he was not a great fit for Oklahoma City because his playing style was so similar to Thunder superstar Kevin Durant.
Both teams seem to have benefited from the deal, with the losers being every other playoff contender in the NBA.