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Wednesday, 09 July 2014 15:37

Report: Boston Celtics Acquire Tyler Zeller, Marcus Thornton, Future Pick In Three-Team Deal

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Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge turns yarn into gold once again. 

Remember that $10.3 million trade exception the Boston Celtics received in the Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn Nets deal? Well, it's been put to good use on Wednesday. 

The Cleveland Cavaliers, who looked to relieve some cap space, the Brooklyn Nets, who are also looking to deal some heavy-money contracts, and the Celtics, a team looking for assets to create a deal for Kevin Love, all have agreed to a megadeal, as Marc Stein reports. 

As Stein adds, the Celtics get a young center in Zeller, a 2015 expiring contract in Thornton ($8.7 million) and a future first-round pick. Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the 2016 pick from Cleveland is protected, top 10 in '16, '17 or '18, but unprotected in '19.

Along with the trade exception, the Celtics will send a future second-round selection.

With this deal going through, the Celtics, between Rajon Rondo, Brandon Bass, Joel Anthony and Thornton, will have $33 million coming off the books in the summer of 2015, as Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reports. 

Ainge did it again. The Celtics have had their eyes and focus on Kevin Love. But, if some teams miss out on the Carmelo Anthonys and LeBron James of the world, Love could be Plan B for those squads. 

It's hard to say that Celtics have a better offer on the table than before the draft, but if they don't nab Love, they will have a ton of money to make a run at him and other prized free agents in 2015 offseason.

Mark Loiselle Jr.

Mark Loiselle Jr. is a Celtics beat writer for CLNS Radio. He currently has a radio show called "The Sports Blast" on ESPN Radio in Nashua, New Hampshire, and writes for The Phinsider. In the past, his work has been published on NESN.com, Phinphanatic.com and Atlantic Twine. 

Mark is a Warwick, Rhode Island native who recently graduated from Springfield College with a degree in communications/sports journalism. You can follow Mark on Twitter @mahkeyL34