The Boston Celtics lost size but added some versatility by shipping off bruising center Kendrick Perkins and guard Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City for forward Jeff Green and center Nenad Kristic.
Perkins has appeared in just 12 games this season due to the injury he suffered in game 6 of last year’s NBA Finals, but he provides the physicality and toughness inside that the Thunder have long been searching for. Robinson’s minutes had declined with the return of Rajon Rondo, but he is still an explosive scorer that will provide a punch of the bench in OKC.
The Celtics get a long, talented forward in Green who can score, defend, and rebound. The Thunder were willing to move Green to avoid dealing with his restricted free agency this summer. Kristic is an offensively skilled big man but doesn’t provide much on the other end.
Both teams were active on the day, making secondary moves as well. The Celtics dumped rookies Semih Erden and Luke Harangody to Cleveland for a second round pick. The Thunder added yet more size by sending Morris Peterson and DJ White to Charlotte for center Nazr Mohammed.