|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBAThe Boston Celtics Fab Five have been broken up with just a few hours to go before the NBA's trading deadline expired at 3:00 pm Thursday afternoon.
Center Kendrick Perkins has been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder along with guard Nate Robinson. In return, Boston acquires forward Jeff Green, as well as center Nenad Krstic.
Boston's familiar five – Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Perkins – had great success in the playoffs in recent years, making it to the Eastern Conference semifinals two seasons ago before losing to the Orlando Magic, and to the NBA finals last year, losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in 7 games. The year before the loss to Orlando, Boston had won their 17th NBA Championship title.
This was the most significant trade of the day before the deadline, and the one that may have the most affect on this year's playoffs. Sportsbook observers see the acquisition of a center like Perkins as one of the last hurdles the Thunder had to overcome to be a true contender with the Lakers and other elite teams in the Western Conference.
The Thunder, though, will have to wait at least another week before seeing any playing time from their new center. Perkins had been back on the court for a dozen games after rehab, but sprained the medial collateral ligament of his left knee and has more recovery before he can play.
The Celtics are also hoping their new players can fill some positions that are lacking due to injury. Shaquille O'Neal is out with a strained Achilles' tendon, and Jermaine O'Neal has been on the sidelines for most of the season due to a knee injury. Boston is hoping that Green can help out on the perimeter, as well as closer to the basket. Green had been originally drafted by the Celtics in 2007 as the fifth overall, but was then traded to the Seattle SuperSonics, which then became the Oklahoma City Thunder.