The Celtics have dealt center Patrick O'Bryant to the Toronto Raptors for point guard Will Solomon, according to an NBA source. A second-round pick and cash considerations are expected to be involved as well. Formal details of the trade should be released soon.
Solomon, 30, is averaging 4.9 points and 3.2 rebounds in 13.9 minutes per game in 39 games during his second NBA season. The 6-foot-1-inch, 180-pound Hartford native -- who is nicknamed "The King" -- had perhaps his top performance Nov. 16 versus Miami, with 15 points and 11 assists.
Solomon declared himself eligible for the 2001 NBA Draft after his junior year at Clemson University and was selected 32d overall by the Vancouver Grizzlies. He played for the Grizzlies in the 2001–02 season and averaged 5.2 points in 62 games. He then played overseas -- including in Turkey, Israel, and Greece -- until Toronto signed him before this season.
He is making $711,517 this season, the final year of his contract.