It is also the date that ex-Boston big man Jermaine O’Neal signed with the Celtics in 2010 after a career playing for the Portland Trail Blazers, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, and Toronto Raptors.
Brought on to try and ease the burden on Boston’s aging, oft-injured frontcourt, O’Neal himself spent many games tending to minor injuries and only played 49 games for the team over two seasons.
Finally, it is the anniversary of the 2014 three-team trade that sent former Celtics center Tyler Zeller to Boston from the Cleveland Cavaliers along with Marcus Thornton from the Brooklyn Nets.
Boston got the North Carolina product for the use of their cap space to roster him as the Cavs juggled players in an effort to assemble a championship-caliber team around LeBron James.
Zeller would play three seasons for the team, putting up 7.1 points, 4 boards, and an assist while with the Celtics.