The NBA trade deadline is one of the most pivotal moments of the entire season. It offers teams the chance to completely rearrange their entire roster if they so desire. Over the years, the Boston Celtics have been no stranger to making deals at the deadline. Some of those moves have benefited the team greatly while others have not.
February 7, 2019
The Celtics’ most recent trade deadline deal is an inconsequential one. Boston reached a deal with the Atlanta Hawks to send former second-round selection Jabari Bird and cash considerations to ATL for a conditional 2020 second-round pick.
February 19, 2015
Certainly the best trade deadline deal for the Celtics, at least in recent memory, the team sent shooting guard Marcus Thornton and a 2016 first-round pick to the Phoenix Suns. In return, the Celtics got future star Isaiah Thomas.
The same day, the Celtics also acquired stretch forward Jonas Jerebko and Gigi Datome from the Detroit Pistons and sent wing Tayshaun Prince back to the team where he enjoyed a lot of success earlier in his career.
February 21, 2013
The Celtics acquired 24-year-old guard Jordan Crawford from the Washington Wizards in exchange for Leandro Barbosa, Jason Collins and cash considerations.
February 24, 2011
In the first of three trades, the Celtics sent roleplayer Marquis Daniels and cash considerations to the Kings for a 2017 second-round pick.
In the second trade and one of the most infamous in franchise history, GM Danny Ainge decided to ship starting center Kenrick Perkins and point guard Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Jeff Green, Nenad Kristic, cash considerations and a 2012 first-round pick.
Lastly, Boston sent roleplayers Semih Erden and Luke Harangody to the Cleveland Cavaliers for a 2013 second-round pick.
February 18, 2010
In need of an extra punch off the bench, the New York Knicks sent small forward Marcus Landry and point guard Nate Robinson to Boston for J.R. Giddens, Eddie House, Henry Walker and a Sacramento-owned second-round pick in 2014.
While Landry would only play one game for Boston, Robinson would become an important piece to the Celtics’ title in 2010 despite his short stint in Beantown.
February 19, 2009
Scarcely-used center Patrick O’Bryant was shipped off to the Toronto Raptors for a 2014 second-round pick.
February 17, 2009
The Celtics traded veteran point guard Sam Cassell to the Sacramento Kings for a 2015 second-round pick.
February 24, 2005
Boston made a pair of trades during the ’05 deadline. Firstly, the Celtics traded a 2007 first-round pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Czech small forward Jiri Welsch.
Second, the Celtics acquired future All-Star Antoine Walker for a package that included Gary Payton, Tom Gugliotta, Michael Stewart and a 2006 first-round pick.
Interestingly, through multiple trades, that 2006 first-round pick would later become Celtics legend Rajon Rondo.
February 19, 2004
The Celtics were a part of a three-team deal during the 2004 deadline that involved the Atlanta Hawks and Detroit Pistons. In the deal, Boston acquired guards Chucky Atkins, Lindsey Hunter, a 2004 firdt-round pick and $3 million in cash while sending starting point guard Mike James to the Pistons and forward Chris Mills to Atlanta.
February 20, 2003
After spending less than a full season in Boston, the Celtics sent backup point guard Shammond Williams, a 2003 second-round pick and cash considerations to the Denver Nuggets for veteran big man Mark Bryant and former Celtics center Mark Blount.
March 11, 1999
The Celtics traded the Cleveland Cavaliers Vitaly Potapenko (most famous for being the draft pick right before Kobe Bryant). In return, the Celtics sent 6-foot-10 center Andrew DeClercq and a 1999 first-round pick back to the Cavaliers.
February 23, 1989
The Celtics acquired big men Joe Kleine and Ed Pinckney from the Sacramento Kings while giving up power forward Brad Lohaus and starting shooting guard Danny Ainge.
February 23, 1988
Boston traded veteran point guard Jerry Sichting to the Portland Trailblazers in exchange for another veteran guard in Jim Paxson. Paxson was a two-time All-Star with the Blazers earlier in his career but by the time he got to Boston, his career was on its last legs.
February 12, 1979
Three days later, the Celtics traded a package of Tom Barker and three first-round picks in the 1979 draft for New York Knicks star big man Bob McAdoo.
McAdoo played relatively well in Boston but the Hall of Fame center only lasted 20 games in Beantown before he was traded to the Detroit Pistons seven months later.
February 9, 1979
According to RealGM, the Celtics didn’t have another trade deadline deal until 1979 when they traded the Indiana Pacers for shooting guard and former Celtic Kevin Stacom.
February 2, 1951
The first trade near the deadline I could find for the Celtics, the team acquired center Kleggie Hermsen from the Tri-City Blackhawks. Hermsen would play 27 games in Boston averaging 5.6 points per game.