Sources: Celtics acquire Blazers' Telfair, Ratliff
NEW YORK -- The Boston Celtics acquired second-year Portland Trail Blazers point guard Sebastian Telfair, center Theo Ratliff and a 2008 second-round pick for the No. 7 pick in Wednesday's NBA draft, Randy Foye, as well as forward Raef LaFrentz and Dan Dickau.
Portland Trail Blazers
Boston has been searching for a true point guard and wasn't overwhelmed by the choices that it may have at No. 7. The Celtics worked out Connecticut's Marcus Williams, Kentucky's Rajon Rondo and Villanova's Randy Foye on Monday. All three could be available at No. 7. But the Celtics brass decided that Telfair, two years into the league, was better suited for the Celtics' system at this juncture in his career.
Danny Ainge, the director of basketball operations, looked at Telfair's first eight games -- 12.6 points, shooting 45.7 percent, 42.3 percent on 3s as well as four assists a game -- as the indicator of his ability. Telfair hurt his thumb after that and was out for an extended period of time. He lost the starting point guard position during his absence to Steve Blake and Jarrett Jack. He finished averaging 9.5 points, 3.6 assists and shot 39.4 percent in 68 games. Telfair was the No. 13 pick for the Blazers in 2004 out of Lincoln High in New York.
In his two years he averaged a combined 8.1 points, 3.5 assists and shot 39.4 percent.
This deal allows the Celtics to play Delonte West more as an off guard with Telfair as a natural point.
This trade won't deter the Celtics from still pursuing Philadelphia's Allen Iverson in a summer deal that is still very much alive with a third team still to be determined.
Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com.
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DRAFT PICK CAPSULES
• No. 1: RaptorsAndrea Bargnani
• No. 2: Bulls, LaMarcus Aldridge
• No. 3: Bobcats, Adam Morrison
• No. 4: Trail Blazers, Tyrus Thomas
• No. 5: Hawks, Shelden Williams
• No. 6: T-Wolves, Brandon Roy
• No. 7: Celtics, Randy Foye
• No. 8: Rockets, Rudy Gay
• No. 9: Warriors, Patrick O'Bryant
• No. 10: Sonics, Saer Sene
• No. 11: Magic, J.J. Redick
• No. 12: Hornets, Hilton Armstrong
• No. 13: Sixers, Thabo Sefolosha
• No. 14: Jazz, Ronnie Brewer
• No. 15: Hornets, Cedric Simmons
• No. 16: Bulls, Rodney Carney
• No. 17: Pacers, Shawne Williams
• No. 18: Wizards, Olexsiy Pecherov
• No. 19: Kings, Quincy Douby
• No. 20: Knicks, Renaldo Balkman
• No. 21: Suns, Rajon Rondo
• No. 22: Nets, Marcus Williams
• No. 23: Nets, Josh Boone
• No. 24: Grizzlies, Kyle Lowry
• No. 25: Cavs, Shannon Brown
• No. 26: Lakers, Jordan Farmar
• No. 27: Suns, Sergio Rodriguez
• No. 28: Mavericks, Maurice Ager
• No. 29: Knicks, Mardy Collins
• No. 30: Blazers, Joel Freeland