The Celtics had a few days left to use their traded player exception from the Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett deal and it looks like they have pulled the trigger on a deal to add to their long list of assets.
Marc Stein of ESPN.com was first to report that the team is involved in a 3-team trade with the Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers. Here are the details surrounding the detail as reported by Stein and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Celtics get: Marcus Thornton, Tyler Zeller, and first round pick from Cavs (top 10 protected 2016-2018, unprotected 2019)
Nets get: Sergey Karasev, Jarrett Jack
Cavs get: Some little known Nets prospects and the salary cap space to sign Lebron James if he picks them over Miami.
A few quick thoughts on the deal from the web.
1. The Celtics are also giving up a second rounder in the deal.
2. The C’s now have nine first round picks (at least over the next five seasons).
3. Yes, this should help the Celtics in the Kevin Love derby but it’s too early to tell how much of a difference it will make.
4. Tyler Zeller is a nice young player that has two years remaining on his rookie contract. He should fit in with the very young Celtics backcourt.
5. This is a masterful use by Danny Ainge and his front office on the trade exception. Take on salary at the cost of a first round pick and a nice young prospect.
Much more on this story as it develops in the coming hours…