It didn't take long for new Celtics General Manager Greg Ezell to trim away some years on this roster.
"I came in here knowing I had an aging roster. This team needed to get younger without risking it's chance to contend in the East. I feel that these moves made the Celtics a perennial championship team this year and for many years to come."
Granger will bring youth as well as scoring to the Celtics
The first trade saw Paul Pierce and Nate Robinson heading to Indianapolis for Danny Granger and James Posey. Pierce, who re-signed with the Celtics in the off-season, has only played for the Celtics his entire career.
"Paul's a great guy, but like I said, it's about making this team younger."
The 34 year old Pierce waived his no-trade clause under frustration. The 27 year old Danny Granger will more than likely lead the Celtics in scoring as he averaged 24.1 points in the 2009-2010 season.
"Danny will provide some youth while keeping up the scoring needed with Paul's departure. He's a solid player as his James Posey."
David Lee will bang the boards and start at center for the Celtics
An hour or so after that trade happened, Ezell sent Kendrick Perkins and newly signed Jermaine O'Neal to Golden State for David Lee, a 2011 2nd round pick and a 2012 second round pick.
Lee signed a 6 year, $79.54M deal with the New York Knicks in a sign and trade to Golden State.
"David will start for us at center. Last season he averaged a double-double (20 points, 12 rebounds) and will allow us to do things on the floor that couldn't be done before. We haven't had a center like him since 'Chief' (Robert Parrish)."
The starting 5 for the Celtics looks like this:
The Celtics will open up the season at the TD Bank Garden against the Miami Heat and it's Big 3.
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