ESPN Insider graded the three-way swap between the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, and Cleveland Cavaliers. Boston emerges at the top of the class earning an A:
Zeller is a nice piece for a Celtics team so lacking in true centers. He isn't exactly Tyson Chandler in the paint, but he offers more rim protection than either Kelly Olynyk or Jared Sullinger and could pair well with either of Boston's young big men. For $4.3 million over the next two years, that's useful.
The real gem, however, is adding another protected first-round pick to the pile accumulated in last year's deal with Brooklyn. If the Cavaliers get James, that might not be worth much. If they strike out, and are still a fringe playoff team in two seasons, the Celtics could get a mid first-round pick for their troubles, which would be excellent value.