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Kendrick Perkins Trade Brings Clippers' 2012 No. 1 Pick To Celtics

The Boston Celtics will receive another asset in the trade that sends Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic. They will also receive a 2012 first-round pick from the Thunder that was initially acquired from the Clippersaccording to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.

The pick is Top-10 protected, and will be the lower pick from either the Clippers or the Minnesota Timberwolves in that draft. The Clippers initially acquired the pick in a 2005 trade for Sam Cassell. The Thunder acquired the pick from the Clippers last year in exchange for the No. 18 pick in the 2010 draft. The Clippers used that pick on Eric Bledsoe.

The move signals that the Celtics are thinking about the future beyond the Big 3 era. It also could mean that they will be signing a veteran that will be bought out after the trade deadline. Still, given the age of the Celtics' stars and the Celtics' own position in the Eastern Conference, it's a little curious that general manager Danny Ainge seems to have his eye on the future.