Posted by: Jeremy | February 24, 2011

Oh, it wasn’t done…

Perkins was one of another handful of players dealt in surprise moves Thursday

Plenty more to report on the NBA trade front, and with the deadline passed, it’s pretty safe to print it without any new deals trumping it within the next hour.

The biggest post-Baron Davis deal to go down involved Boston and Oklahoma City, with the Celtics sending Kendrick Perkins and Little Nate Robinson to the Thunder for Jeff Green and Nenad Kristic. Again, a pretty unexpected move, especially with Boston’s frontcourt injury problems, but with Perkins turning down a contract extension a few weeks ago and his left knee flaring up a month after returning from surgery on the other, a deal must have seemed necessary to Danny Ainge and friends. The Celtics get a fine chip back in Green, who was a solid third option behind Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and should lend a hand at both forward positions off the bench in Boston. Second-year man James Harden likely fills out the Thunder’s starting lineup and ups his scoring punch in Green’s place.

Elsewhere, the Blazers picked up their next injury victim, grabbing Gerald Wallace off the Bobcats for Joel Przybilla, Dante Cunningham and a pair of first round draft picks. Wallace is athletic, versatile and prone to sitting out extended periods of time with a variety of ailments, so he’s the perfect sidekick to Brandon Roy and Greg Oden in Portland. In 48 games in Charlotte this year, he averaged 15.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and over a steal and block per game.

Houston also made a pair of moves, sending Aaron Brooks, who averaged 19.6 points last season but has been horrendous in 2010-11, to Phoenix for Goran Dragic and a first round pick. The Rockets also traded Shane Battier back to Memphis Hasheem “Chocolate Darko” Thabeet and another first round pick. According to reports, the Grizzlies also had a deal on the table with Indiana that included O.J. Mayo taking his Tony Allen debt to Indiana for Josh McRoberts and a pick, but the deal either fell through or didn’t get approval in time.

Cleveland also made a small move in addition to the Williams-for-Davis swap, picking up Luke Harangody and Semih Erden from Boston for a second round pick. This one confuses me a bit, since Erden is generally regarded as a promising young big and would seem to be of use in Boston with Perkins gone. Not sure if it had to do with salaries, but he’s officially headed to the shitshow known as the Cavaliers.


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