The Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder weren't content with just being top-tier playoff contenders, swapping starters Thursday in a deadline deal.
The Celtics sent center Kendrick Perkins and guard Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City for forward Jeff Green and center Nenad Krstic.
Robinson, a three-time slam dunk champion, attended Rainier Beach High and played football and basketball at the University of Washington.
Green was drafted No. 5 by the Celtics in 2007, but was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics as part of the deal for guard Ray Allen.
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Perkins was the No. 27 pick out of high school by Boston in 2003.
The Celtics also received a 2012 first-round draft pick and cash in the deal that was approved by the NBA about five hours after the trade deadline. The draft pick was previously owned by the Los Angeles Clippers.
Oklahoma City sits fourth in the West, and general manager Sam Presti said it is “never easy to make decisions such as these.”
“We had a unique opportunity to add a proven presence in our front court in acquiring Kendrick,” Presti said. “He will help anchor our defense while Nate will add depth and athleticism to our backcourt.”
Green can be a backup at multiple positions and fill the void Boston created by trading swingman Marquis Daniels to Sacramento.
The Cavaliers acquired point guard Baron Davis and an unprotected 2011 first-round draft pick from the Los Angeles Clippers for guard Mo Williams and forward Jamario Moon. The Rockets sent guard Aaron Brooks, a Franklin High grad, to Phoenix and forward Shane Battier to Memphis in separate deals for guard Goran Dragic and center Hasheem Thabeet, the No. 2 overall pick in 2009. Houston, which also gets first-round picks from both teams, also shipped guard Ish Smith to the Grizzlies. Boston got a second-round pick from Cleveland for reserves Luke Harangody and Semih Erden. Oklahoma City also acquired backup center Nazr Mohammed from Charlotte in exchange for forward D.J. White and veteran guard Morris Peterson. The Charlotte Bobcats traded Gerald Wallace to the Portland Trail Blazers for a package that includes two first-round picks. Also heading to Charlotte are center Joel Przybilla, reserve forward Dante Cunningham, center Sean Marks and cash.