Keith Bogans

Keith Bogans

The Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers apparently are wheeling and dealing once again.

The Celtics helped pave the way for LeBron James’ return to Cleveland earlier this summer by acquiring Marcus Thornton and Tyler Zeller as part of a three-team trade involving the Brooklyn Nets.

Now, the Celtics are shipping shooting guard Keith Bogans to Cleveland, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein and Jeff Goodman.

Stein first reported that the Celtics will receive the Cavs’ three non-guaranteed contracts — Erik Murphy, John Lucas III and Malcolm Thomas — while Goodman added that forward Dwight Powell will be included in the deal as well.

Murphy certainly is familiar with the area, as the 6-foot-10 power forward played high school basketball at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Mass. Lucas, a 10-year-veteran point guard, has bounced around between the NBA and Europe, while Thomas, a 6-foot-9 power forward, was named to the NBA D-League All-Star team in 2013-14.

Bogans signed a three-year, $15.6 million contract with the Celtics before the 2013-14 season and will cost Cleveland $5.3 million this season. Bogans played in just six games for Boston last season.

UPDATE (9:20 p.m.) — The Celtics have confirmed the trade, adding that Boston will also receive Cleveland’s second-round picks in 2016 and 2017 as part of the deal.

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