Celtics acquire 1st round pick, Marcus Thornton, Tyler Zeller in 3-team deal with Nets and Cavaliers

The Celtics are acquiring more assets, and the Cavaliers are clearing up even more cap space

7/9/14 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Jul 5, 2013; Waltham, MA, USA; New Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, right, shares a laugh with General Manager Danny Ainge during a news conference announcing Stevens new position. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY SportsThe Boston Celtics are continuing their pursuit of first round picks, trading for a Cavaliers' first rounder that is top-10 protected through 2018, as well as acquiring Marcus Thornton and Tyler Zeller in a 3-team deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Brooklyn Nets.

The Celtics sent a 2nd-round pick back to the Cavaliers, who are clearing up cap space in what is most likely an effort to bring LeBron James back to his former team.

This deal gets Zeller's contract off the books for the Cavaliers, as well as Jarrett Jack and Sergey Karasev, who are both heading to the Nets in the deal.

Not only does this put the Cavaliers in a better position to land James, this also gives the Celtics even more assets that they could include in a potential trade for Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love. The Celtics have shown great interest in him, but haven't yet been able to convince the T-Wolves to pull the trigger on a deal.

This is another aggressive move by both the Celtics and Cavaliers, and it should be interesting to see how everything shakes out.
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7/9/14   |   Scott   |   52026 respect

I hope for the sake of Cavs fans that Dan Gilbert and company have some inside information that James is indeed leaning towards coming back to Cleveland.  Otherwise, I fear the Cavs are going to be left at the altar a second time