The Boston Celtics front office is once again in full swing as another trade has gone down and it is another 3-team trade. This time the Celtics, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Phoenix Suns have addressed each others needs and become pure trading partners for one another. Here are the exact trade results:
LAC 2017 2nd Round Pick
$2.4 million trade exception
Despite the missed opportunity to have another member of the Rivers family in Boston, I’m very excited and pumped to have Shavlik Randolph back in a Celtics uniform. Randolph came to Boston at the end of the 2012-13 season where he averaged 4.2 points and 4.4 rebounds in 12.4 minutes per game. What I really like about Randolph is that he brings a tough physical presence to the front court and is not afraid to crash the boards at any given moment. Unfortunately, the Phoenix Suns didn’t use him and utilize him the way the Celtics will in the near future. Randolph has averaged 1.1 points and 1.6 rebounds per game during his time in Phoenix. In my opinion, Randolph should remain in Boston.
Chris Douglas-Roberts is a 6’7″ guard and also hadn’t been utilized too much for the Los Angeles Clippers this season. Douglas-Roberts only appeared in 12 games for the Clippers and averaged 1.6 points and 1 rebound in 8.5 minutes per game. He played a solid role off the bench for the Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets) last season where he averaged 6.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1 assist per game and helped lead Charlotte to a playoff appearance. Unfortunately, we may not get to see him in a Celtics uniform anytime soon as he is expected to be waived at the conclusion of the trade.
Trades are never my favorite thing to go through at any point in the year, but this one I will grade this one very positively as the Celtics gain another draft pick, another trade exception and a stellar forward in Shavlik Randolph. The other two teams appear to be happy with their acquisitions as well, so everybody is happy.