One of GM Danny Ainge’s best moves for the Boston Celtics occurred in 2003 the night of the NBA Draft, as he traded the draft rights to Troy Bell and Dahntay Jones to the Memphis Grizzlies for the rights to draft Marcus Banks and Kendrick Perkins. It was lauded as a nice deal at the time and it turned out to be a great deal for the franchise.
Perkins was just a high school kid when the team acquired him and the organization knew that they would have to put in a ridiculous amount of developmental time to untap his potential. After a handful of time, he finally was ready to contribute to the organization and he turned into a very productive professional player. Banks turned out to be nothing more than a back up, and the Celtics ended up passing on guys like David West and Boris Diaw in the process.
The best part of the entire trade was that the Celtics really gave up nothing in value to acquire those two players. Bell barely played in the league and Jones has become nothing more than a back end rotational player off the bench.
Perkins was a fan favorite in Boston and won a championship with the franchise in 2008. Many Celtics fans continue to say that if he was available during the 2010 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, the team would have won their second championship in the Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce era.
This trade was one deal that Ainge executed perfectly.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team home page on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18.