Big bodies replaced big names on the final day of the NBA’s trading season.
Boston traded starting center Kendrick Perkins, while Hasheem Thabeet, Nenad Krstic, Joel Przybilla and Nazr Mohammed were some other men in the middle who were dealt Thursday before the 3 p.m. EST deadline.
Baron Davis and Gerald Wallace were among the former All-Stars who moved on a busy day that featured plenty of action but no blockbusters like the ones that landed Carmelo Anthony in New York and Deron Williams in New Jersey earlier in the week.
The Celtics traded Perkins, their starting center who had recently returned from a knee injury sustained in Game 6 of the NBA finals, along with Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City for Jeff Green, Krstic, a future first-round draft pick and cash.
Boston also dealt backup big man Semih Erden and reserve swingman Marquis Daniels.
The Celtics get back Green, the power forward they drafted at No. 5 in 2007 but traded to Seattle in the deal for Ray Allen. But with Perkins gone, and Shaquille O’Neal and Jermaine O’Neal battling injuries most of the season, interior defense is now a question mark for a team that appeared to have loaded up on it this season for a potential advantage against Miami.
Wallace was an All-Star last season, but is owed about $21 million over the next two years, so the cost-cutting Bobcats have been shopping him. He’ll try to help the Trail Blazers reach the postseason.
Davis and an unprotected 2011 first-round draft pick went from the Los Angeles Clippers to Cleveland for Mo Williams and forward Jamario Moon.
Aaron Brooks’ tumultuous season in Houston, where he was suspended a game for leaving the court early, ended when he was dealt to Phoenix for Goran Dragic and a first-round pick.
Detroit wanted to deal Richard Hamilton and the $20 million he’s guaranteed to make over the next two seasons, but couldn’t make a win-win trade with a team that wanted the three-time All-Star and 2004 NBA champion.