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Celtics Acquire Telfair and Ratliff

Team trades Raef LaFrentz, Dan Dickau and Seventh Overall Selection in 2006 NBA Draft to the Portland Trail Blazers

BOSTON - The Boston Celtics acquired guard Sebastian Telfair, center Theo Ratliff and Portland's 2008 second round Draft pick in exchange for forward Raef LaFrentz, guard Dan Dickau and the seventh overall selection in the 2006 NBA Draft.

Telfair was originally selected by the Trail Blazers with the 13th pick overall in the 2004 NBA Draft. During the 2005-06 season he averaged 9.5 ppg, 3.6 assists, one steal and 24.1 minutes in 68 games (30 starts) in his second NBA season. In his 30 starts he averaged 11.0 points, 4.2 assists and two rebounds. Telfair set a career-high with five three-pointers, scoring 21 points with four rebounds and four assists on January 31 vs. Orlando. He also set a career-high in points, scoring 27 while pulling down six rebounds November 20, 2005 at New York, one game after hitting for a season-high 20 points vs. Golden State on November 18. During his rookie year, Telfair finished second among NBA rookies in assists, third in free throw percentage and 13th in scoring. Telfair played high school basketball for Brooklyn's Abraham Lincoln, and led the school to three New York City PSAL titles and one state championship, becoming the first player in history to be on a three-time PSAL championship team, and was the subject of a documentary this year entitled Through the Fire, which chronicled his life from high school phenom to an NBA lottery pick.

Ratliff averaged 4.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.6 bpg and 23.7 minutes in 55 games (19 starts) in his 10th NBA season. He scored a season-high 11 points November 16, 2005 vs. Chicago, January 25 vs. Denver (posting a double-double, adding 12 rebounds) and April 12 at LA Clippers. He also pulled down a season-high 14 rebounds vs. Detroit, including 10 defensive rebounds. In addition to Portland, Ratliff has played for Detroit, Philadelphia, Atlanta during his career. He was voted as the starting center for the Eastern Conference All-Star Team in 2001 while with the Philadelphia 76ers.


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