BROOKLYN - The Boston Celtics are on the verge of a massive changes to their roster, and the Dallas Mavericks are eyeing another run at an NBA championship.
So it made sense the two teams lined up for a trade that matched long and short-term goals.
The Mavericks traded Gonzaga center and No. 13 pick Kelly Olynyk to the Celtics for Boston's No. 16 pick and two second-round picks in 2014.
Dallas orchestrated another trade – this one with the Atlanta Hawks – for the No. 16 pick. The Mavericks selected Brazilian center Lucas Nogueira and traded him to the Hawks for the No. 18 pick. Then, Dallas used the 18th pick on Miami guard Shane Larkin.
Boston is in discussions with the Brooklyn Nets in a potential deal that could end with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in Brooklyn. Even if the trade doesn't happen, the Celtics are starting a rebuilding process one way or the other and acquiring Olynyk gives Boston a versatile big man.
The Mavericks are looking for salary cap relief so they can make a big push in free agency. Dropping from No. 13 to No. 18 saves the Mavericks nearly $400,000 on their 2013-14 payroll.