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UPDATED: Celtics acquire Green, not done dealing

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UPDATED: Celtics acquire Green, not done dealing

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

CSNNE.com 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. CSNNE.com 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."

For more information, on Green. click here. For more information on Kristic, click here.

More to come . . .

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached at sblakely@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

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Report: Celtics secure meeting with Dwight Howard

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Report: Celtics secure meeting with Dwight Howard

In February, the Boston Celtics were involved in trade deadline talks with the Houston Rockets involving center Dwight Howard.

It appears the team still has interest in the free-agent big man. 

According to ESPN, the Celtics have secured a meeting with Howard after July 1.

Howard, 30, became a free agent after declining a player option that would have paid him more the $23 million in 2016-17 

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Future uncertain for Johnson and Jerebko as Celtics pursue Durant

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Future uncertain for Johnson and Jerebko as Celtics pursue Durant

BOSTON -- When you’re the Boston Celtics and you have your sights set on a star like Kevin Durant, the potential impact on your roster is undeniable.

That’s a good thing, right?

Well . . . not exactly.

One of the options that the Celtics are considering during the free agency period is whether to waive Amir Johnson and Jonas Jerebko before July 3 which would create additional salary cap space to potentially sign Durant and another near max-salaried player.

But here’s the problem.

Boston could potentially waive Johnson and Jerebko, fail to get Durant or another elite free agent and see the duo gone for nothing in return while they play their way into a big contract toiling in the NBA’s basement with one of the league’s worst teams.

How you ask?

Multiple league sources contacted by CSNNE.com Tuesday night indicated that if the Celtics waive both players, it’s “very likely” that both will be claimed off waivers.

According to a league office official, waiver priority goes to the team with the worst record attempting to claim a player.

And what team had the worst record in the NBA last season?

Yup. The 10-win Philadelphia 76ers.

And what team was right behind them, or ahead depending on how you look at things?

The lowly, 17-win Los Angeles Lakers.

Johnson is due $12 million next season while Jerebko is due to earn $5 million, chump change in this new age of the NBA with the 2016-2017 salary cap expected to be around $94 million.

In addition, both players would join clubs in contract years. Couple that with each being relatively productive and there’s the potential for each player to have a really big season.

Johnson was the Celtics’ top rim-protector last season, in addition to being a solid pick-and-roll defender. He also averaged 7.3 points, 6.4 rebounds with 1.7 assists and 1.1 blocked shots per game. 

And Jerebko shot 39.8 percent from 3-point range last season, and finished up the playoffs in the starting lineup.

The Celtics are well aware of how valuable both players were to Boston’s success last season, and how their production relative to their contracts makes them extremely important to whatever team they play for.

To lose them for what would essentially be a lottery ticket in the Durant sweepstakes, is certainly a gamble that it remains to be seen if the Celtics are willing to take.

Best-case scenario for Boston is to know where they stand with Durant within the first 24 hours of free agency which would then allow them time to make a more informed decision about Johnson and Jerebko’s futures.

As you can imagine, the Celtics are as eager as any team to know what Durant plans to do this summer.

Because the way things are starting to take shape with Boston’s pursuit of the former league MVP, he’s going to have an impact on the Celtics’ roster one way or another.