The Celtics also traded rookie center Semih Erden and forward Luke Harangody to the Cleveland Cavaliers for a 2013 second-round draft pick.
Erden and Harangody are both rookies and were moved, in part, for the Celtics to open those roster spots.
Erden is averaging 4.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in 37 games and has been bothered by several injuries. He is planning to have shoulder surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in the offseason. Harangody has averaged 2.3 points and 2 rebounds in 28 games.
The Celtics’ pursuit of a slashing-type player intensified when it became apparent that Marquis Daniels might miss the rest of the season with a spinal injury. Daniels himself will be rehabbing in Sacramento. The Celtics traded him and cash considerations to the Kings on Thursday for a protected second-round pick in the 2017 draft, Kings president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie announced.
So the Celtics opened up three vacant roster spots to pursue players who will be bought out of their contracts over the next week.
It’ll be very interesting to see who they acquire.
- The Cavs 2013 second round pick should be a good addition to the Celtics draft board.
- The Kings 2017 pick is likely so protected that Boston will never see it.
Erden and Harangody
- Erden is a mediocre third string center who’s ceiling appears to be nothing more than a poor to mediocre backup center. He is 24 years old and played several years abroad as a professional and is presumably somewhat close to his ceiling already.
- Harangody is quite similar to a Matt Bonner type player although he is not as efficient with his jump shot yet. A major defensive liability but a quality rebounder and offensive player.
- The Cavs should have kept their 2013 second round pick. It was more valuable.
- This spinal injury could end his career. Hope it all works out for him.
- This was purely a financial move for Sacramento.