Boston Celtics: Bye-Bye Kendrick Perkins, Hello Jeff Green

Richard HurdContributor IFebruary 24, 2011

PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 28:  Paul Pierce #34 and Kendrick Perkins #43 of the Boston Celtics are restrained during an altercatoin in the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on January 28, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Celtics 88-71. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Boston Celtics have made a major splash at the trade deadline this year.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Celtics have dealt center Kendrick Perkins and guard Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder for forward Jeff Green and center Nenad Krstic.

Perkins had played in 12 games this season since returning from a torn ACL suffered in Game 6 of the 2010 NBA Finals.

Perkins has been with Celtics for the last seven seasons since being drafted late in the first round of the 2003 draft out of high school.

Jeff Green was actually drafted by the Celtics as a lottery pick (fifth pick) in 2007 draft, before being traded to the then Seattle Sonics in the Ray Allen trade. Green has been averaging 15.2 ppg as a starting PF in Oklahoma City and will now be the key reserve to Paul Pierce as the Celtics head down the stretch run with Marquis Daniels likely done for the year. 

One would have to imagine that Shaquille O'Neal's injury situation isn't a major concern if the Celtics were willing to part ways with Perkins, who was the Celtics' starting Center in 2008 when the they won the championship.

Many believe if Perkins hadn't gone down last year, the Celtics would have won the 2010 title.

Included in this was Coach Doc Rivers, who noted the Celtics had still not lost a playoff series with their starting five of Rondo, Allen, Pierce, Garnett and a healthy Perkins.