UPDATED: Celtics acquire Green, not done dealing


UPDATED: Celtics acquire Green, not done dealing

By A. Sherrod Blakely

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

Ainge admits tough decision ahead between Young and Hunter for final roster spot


Ainge admits tough decision ahead between Young and Hunter for final roster spot

WALTHAM, Mass. – With the Celtics waiving Ben Bentil on Friday, Danny Ainge confirmed what has been reported for weeks: the final roster spot for the Celtics will come down to James Young and R.J. Hunter.

“It’ll probably go down to the wire, down to Monday,” said Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations.

Boston currently has 16 players in camp with guaranteed contracts. The league-maximum of 15 players has to be met by Monday at 5 p.m.

“We’re continuing to evaluate and look for opportunities out there,” Ainge said. “If there are any deals to be had which we’ve been looking for, for a few months. Both of those guys [Hunter and Young[ have played very well and have made the decision very difficult.”

Having to make a tough call at the end of training camp is nothing new to Ainge.

But this time around is very unique.

It’s highly unusual for a team to have to waive a former first-round pick that they selected.

Young was the 17th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by Boston, while Hunter was selected by the Celtics with the 28th overall pick in the 2015 draft.

“Sometimes the decision is made for me. It’s really easy,” said Ainge. “But this year it hasn’t been that way. Both of those guys have had some outstanding moments in practice, in training camp and in games. So it’s been challenging.”

Boston being in this roster conundrum is due to having lots of draft picks in recent years that either didn’t turn into impact players initially, or were unable to be flipped for more established talent via trade.

In Young’s draft class, Boston selected him with the 17th pick after picking Marcus Smart with the sixth overall pick.

And in 2015, Boston picked Terry Rozier with the 16th overall pick and Hunter with the 28th overall selection. In the second round of that draft, Boston nabbed Jordan Mickey with the 33rd overall pick and Marcus Thornton at No. 45.

Last year’s draft was an even bigger haul for the Celtics, who went into the draft with a record-eight picks.

They traded two of the picks to Memphis, but used the other six which included Jaylen Brown with the third overall selection.

Ainge reiterated that the Celtics like what both players are doing, but doesn’t anticipate a trade scenario presenting itself that would result in both players sticking with the team.

“Unlikely, but always possible,” said Ainge when asked if it were possible for both to remain Celtics.

Both players are still on their rookie contracts, so that along with the increased salary cap teams have now makes each of them a low-risk addition.

However, most of the teams in the NBA have a full roster and the ones that don’t have a couple players in mind to fill out whatever openings exist.

That means there’s a decent chance that Hunter or Young will be waived, clear waivers and can then sign with a team of their choosing.

It sounds good, only if there’s a team to sign with which as stated earlier, is far from a given.






Report: Celtics offering Young or Hunter for second-round pick


Report: Celtics offering Young or Hunter for second-round pick

The Celtics continue to offer James Young or R.J. Hunter for a second-round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo’s The Vertical reports.

The Celtics need to be down to 15 players by 5 p.m. Monday. Young and Hunter are on the bubble to make the roster. For CSN Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely’s look at the candidates for the final roster spot, click here.