Many Celtics fans didn’t like the Kendrick Perkins-Nate Robinson trade to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic.
But remove emotion from the equation, look at the move from a purely basketball standpoint and Danny Ainge added some talent to Boston’s roster — especially with Green, who is averaging 15.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 49 games as a starter for Oklahoma City this season.
“We are pleased to welcome Jeff and Nenad to the Celtics,” said Ainge. “Jeff is a versatile talent on the offensive end and someone who can play multiple positions while Nenad, who is one of the better shooting big men in the league, gives us good size and length on both ends of the court.”
Green was drafted out of Georgetown by the Celtics with the fifth overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft. He then was traded to the Seattle Supersonics with Delonte West and Wally Szczerbiak for Ray Allen and Glen Davis.
Green is only 24 and has averaged 14.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 289 career games.
He also can do this.
So saying goodbye to Perkins and Robinson isn’t all bad. Green could end up becoming a star in Boston.