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On this day: Tyler Zeller waived; Curtis Rowe, Rich Niemann born

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Big man out of the University of North Carolina taken by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 17th overall pick of the 2012 NBA draft who came to the Celtics in a trade via the Cavs.

The former Tarheel was dealt to the franchise in a three-team trade that saw Marcus Thornton join Boston from the Brooklyn Nets as the Celtics absorbed Zeller into the team’s cap space to help Cleveland bring back hometown superstar LeBron James in free agency.

The Indiana native proved a lot more than a castoff player for Boston though, recording 7.1 points and 4 rebounds per game while with the team.

He would come to Boston in a trade that sent Paul Silas to the Denver Nuggets, and play three seasons for the Celtics between 1976 and 1979.

This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire.

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