Celtics deal for Olowokandi; Inexperienced, Brooks, Williams born

On this present day in Boston Celtics historical past, the storied franchise despatched wing Ricky Davis, middle Mark Blount, guard Marcus Banks, ahead Justin Reed, and two second-round picks from the Celtics to the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2006.

In trade for the bundle of participant contracts and draft belongings coming from the Celtics, Boston acquired ahead Wally Szczerbiak, massive man Michael Olowokandi, energy ahead Dwayne Jones, and a first-round draft decide. Comparatively uneventful so far as affect on the group within the brief time period, the commerce would have been a footnote in workforce historical past apart from the truth that it set the stage for the deal which might carry Ray Allen.

And thru that transfer, Kevin Garnett, to Boston the next 12 months.

Additionally it is the birthday of former Celtic ahead Sly Williams, born this present day in 1958 in New Haven, Connecticut.

Taking part in collegiately for the College of Rhode Island, Williams could be taken twenty first total by the New York Knicks, for whom he would play 4 seasons earlier than a transfer to the Atlanta Hawks for 2 extra.

(AP Photograph/Mario Suriani)

He would signal with the Celtics in 1985 as a free agent, and play simply 6 video games for the workforce earlier than being launched for private causes that December.

He averaged 2.8 factors and a couple of.5 rebounds per recreation with Boston.

Williams shares his birthday with ex-Boston guard MarShon Brooks, born right this moment in 1989 in Lengthy Department, New Jersey.

Drafted by the Celtics out of Windfall School with the twenty fifth decide of the 2011 NBA draft, however was instantly dealt to the (then) New Jersey (now Brooklyn) Nets for JaJuan Johnson and draft belongings.

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Brooks performed two seasons with the Nets earlier than being dealt again to Boston as a part of the mega-deal that despatched Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn in 2013.

He would play two seasons with the Celtics earlier than being traded but once more to the Golden State Warriors for draft belongings.


Lastly, it’s additionally former Boston ahead Gerald Inexperienced’s birthday, who got here into this world right this moment in 1986 in Houston, Texas.

Inexperienced was drafted by the Celts straight out of highschool (one of many final gamers to take action), falling additional within the draft than anticipated, seemingly because of his determination to solely grant exercises to the highest 6 groups within the draft.

Gerald Inexperienced, of the Boston Celtics, dunks the ball throughout the slam dunk contest at NBA Saturday Evening, part of NBA All-Star weekend in Las Vegas on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007. Inexperienced received the competition. (AP Photograph/Mark J. Terrill)

He spent a lot of the season within the NBA D-League (because the G League was recognized then), solely taking part in in 32 video games and averaging 5.2 factors his first season.

Inexperienced could be traded with Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Theo Ratliff, Sebastian Telfair, and draft picks to the Timberwolves in trade for Kevin Garnett in 2007 to finish his first stint with the workforce.

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He would play for the Wolves, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Nets, Indiana Pacers, Phoenix Suns, Miami Warmth, and Russian and Chinese language earlier than reuniting with the Celtics in 2016.

Inexperienced averaged 8 factors and a couple of.1 rebounds per recreation over his three seasons with the franchise.

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