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UPDATED: Celtics acquire Green, not done dealing


UPDATED: Celtics acquire Green, not done dealing

By A. Sherrod Blakely has confirmed the report earlier from Y! Sports that Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson have been traded from the Celtics to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic.

Multiple media outlets report the Celtics will also receive the Clippers' No. 1 draft choice in 2012 from the Thunder.

Nor are the Celtics done dealing, apparently. has also confirmed the Celtics traded Semih Erden and Luke Harangody to Cleveland for a second-round pick, Marquis Daniels to Sacramento for cash. League sources say they're are looking to add Troy Murphy and possibly another wing player.

Murphy has been bought out by the Warriors, but reportedly is weighing offers from the Celtics, Heat and Magic.

The NBA trade deadline passed at 3 p.m., but deals made before the deadline and submitted to the league office can be announced for the next several hours.

"Will miss all my Boston fans I love y'all," Robinson said in a Tweet about an hour after the trade was announced. "u guys showed me love, E.House shoes tough to fill and yall made it EZ for me."

Reached several hours before the deadline, Perkins said, "You never know what can happen."

"When it gets close to the deadline, it's like man, 'I hope it's not me,' " said Perkins, who added: "It's a business, but at the same time, I don't think anyone wants to get traded."

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More to come . . .

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Gordon Hayward opens up about disappointment of losing Isaiah Thomas


Gordon Hayward opens up about disappointment of losing Isaiah Thomas

Gordon Hayward wanted to go to Boston to play with Isaiah Thomas.

Of course, that's not going to happen. The Celtics traded Thomas to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a package for Kyrie Irving. Hayward explained what it was like for him to learn he and Thomas would not get the chance to hit the court together in Celtics' green.


"My first reaction was to text I.T., and wish him the best," Hayward wrote in a blog post which he published Thursday. "That was a really strange moment because I’d really been looking forward to playing with him. He didn’t just help recruit me to Boston—he was a big piece of that recruitment. He had talked a lot about city and how it was different to be a Celtic. He talked about the intensity of playing in the Eastern Conference Finals, playing at the Garden in the playoffs, and how much fun it was, and how much fun he had playing in Boston.

"All of that ultimately helped win me over. And by the time of the trade, I had already started to build a little bit of a relationship with him.

"But that is just how the business works. I have spent enough years in the NBA to realize that things can change like that, in an instant. Still, even though we didn’t necessarily get to be teammates, I’m definitely going to be watching him as a fan. In this league, I think we are all rooting for each other in some way or another—just to try to stay healthy, to try to be the best we can be."

Hayward may be genuine about rooting for Thomas -- except perhaps when he faces off against the Cavaliers in the season-opener on Oct. 17 at Quicken Loans Arena. Thomas is uncertain to play due to a hip injury. But the two teams are expected to see each other in the Eastern Conference Finals again after the 2017-18 season. This preview will be an opportunity for Thomas and Irving to get their first shot at revenge against their previous team.

The trade wasn't all bad for Hayward, he explained. He was pleased at the prospect of playing with Irving. Hayward cited Irving's abilities in 1-on-1 situations and clutch moments. He appreciated Irving's scoring ability, because Hayward knows the point guard will open up space for Hayward to knock down open shots. Above all, Hayward seemed to value Irving's unique experience.

"And then getting a chance to play with LeBron James, and going to the Finals three straight years—those are experiences that are invaluable and that you really can’t teach," Hayward wrote. "Having that experience of playing in those big moments, dealing with the circus of the media, dealing with expectations, those are all things that I think he can help us with. Because most of us, myself especially, have never been through that."