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Post-trade C’s more flexible

The trade that brought Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic to Boston in exchange for Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson left many Celtics fans upset and questioning president Danny Ainge.

The trade that brought Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic to Boston in exchange for Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson left many Celtics fans upset and questioning president Danny Ainge.

Why would he trade the starting center for Green, who will be a backup forward, and Krstic, an above-average center at best?

One word: Flexibility.

With the state of emergency surrounding the C’s injuries, Ainge needed more-than-capable players who could come in and make an impact off the bench. Green enables Doc Rivers to get creative with the lineups, while allowing him to rest key players like Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett down the stretch.

He’s no chump either. Green averaged more than 15 points and five rebounds for the contending Thunder this year.

And don’t forget Krstic. He’s shown so far he’s not afraid to go after offensive rebounds, which had plagued the C’s.

He’s not a liability on offense — like Perkins was. Krstic is a 73-percent free-throw shooter, which will allow him to play late.

 
 
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