Draft-day deal for C’s

League sources have confirmed that the Celtics today acquired second-year guard Sebastian Telfair, big man Theo Ratliff, and a second round draft pick in 2008 from the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Raef LaFrentz, Dan Dickau, and the seventh pick in tonight’s NBA Draft.

Telfair, the acclaimed New York high school legend, was the 13th pick overall in the 2004 Draft. In two seasons with the Blazers, he averaged 8.1 points and 3.5 assists per game. Last season he started 30 of the 68 games he played and averaged 9.5 ppg and 3.6 apg.

LaFrentz has three more years on a contract that will pay him an average of $11.8 million per season. Meanwhile, Ratliff will make $11.6 million in each of the next two years before becoming a free agent. The numbers are basically a wash over the next two years, but the Celtics get out from under the third year of LaFrentz’s deal.


LaFrentz, a power forward, averaged 7.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game last season for the Celtics. He came to Boston from the Dallas Mavericks in the 2003-2004 season.

‘‘It’s not like this took me by surprise,’’ said LaFrentz. ‘‘I’ve kind of been aware that this could happen sometime. Frankly, I thought the draft would be the first opportunity that I could be traded and it happened.

‘‘My time in Boston was good. There were ups and downs. But there are ups and downs in any situation you’re in. I don’t feel any ill will toward anyone who’s here. We’ll spend the rest of the summer moving out of Boston and moving to Portland. It’s pretty simple. It’s not the first time I’ve been traded. You realize what it is and move on.’’

The 6-foot-10 inch Ratliff averaged 4.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game last year for Portland. He was the 18th pick of the Detroit Pistons in 1995 and led the NBA in blocked shots (3.74 bpg) during the 2000-01 season.

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