March 27, 2021 | 9:34 a. M.
Thursday was a busy day for the Celtics.
The team acquired three new players: Evan Fournier, Moritz Wagner and Luke Kornet. However, they also had to say goodbye to three players. Daniel Theis and Javonte Green were sent to the Bulls, while Jeff Teague was sent to the Magic.
While the moves may have excited some Celtics fans, having to say goodbye to teammates wasn’t exciting for the players.
Celtics star forward Jayson Tatum was one of the players who seemed particularly affected. Green was one of his closest friends on the team.
“I didn’t see it coming,” Tatum said of the Green trade. “He was someone with whom I was super, super close. I loved having him around. That was tough for all of us. Especially for me too. [Green] he was someone with whom he was very close as a friend. Obviously, he helped us in the dressing room, when he did have opportunities. I guess this is just part of it. “
The Robert Williams center was one of the beneficiaries of Thursday’s moves. With Theis leaving, Williams was able to start at center for the Celtics on Friday. He put in a solid performance, scoring seven points, grabbing nine boards, blocking five shots, grabbing two steals and dishing out seven assists in the victory.
Still, Williams reflected on what Theis meant to him after Friday’s victory. He called Theis his “older brother”, saying that he was the first person to pick him up whenever he got depressed about how he was playing.
Wagner made his Celtics debut just over 24 hours after being traded. His trade to the Celtics was actually the second time he was traded… on Thursday.
“It was crazy,” Wagner said of his busy Thursday. “I mean honestly to be moved here, it’s not my first time so I’m not sad about it, I know how it works. So I know what to expect at the trade deadline, but you never know, you know. In fact, I was on a little pre-game hike when I got the call that I was moved to Chicago, and then a couple of minutes before the deadline I got the call that I’m going to Boston. So it’s crazy, but I’m very happy to be here. “
While he was dressed, Wagner was not expected to play early on Friday. However, with the Celtics gaining a comfortable lead in the fourth quarter, Wagner entered the game and ended up playing 10 minutes. He made his first shot, a triple, which were his only points of the night. The big man also grabbed five rebounds.
Wagner realizes that he still has “a lot to learn.”
Mo Wagner discusses what is most important to learn when you abruptly join a new team. He’s been with the Celtics for just over 24 hours. pic.twitter.com/sITgnWq8py
– Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) March 27, 2021
“I watched a lot of tape in the last 24 hours, but I can feel like I’m still a little overwhelmed here and there, but I keep telling myself it’s just basketball, to keep playing through the mistakes,” Wagner said.
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