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The Rumor: According to Sam Smith of Bulls.com, more executives think the Boston Celtics want to trade Jeff Green.
The Verdict: Buy
The Jeff Green trade rumors have been overshadowed by all of the Rajon Rondo talk, but I'll buy that Celtics general manager Danny Ainge is looking to move him for future assets.
The big issue at play here is Green's contract, which has two years left on it and then a third year that's a player option. It's that final year worth $9.4 million that could become problematic down the line, as Boston will likely want to clear as much cap space as possible in that offseason to recruit another major star to play with Rondo (or go after two max-deal players).
With that in mind, it may make sense to shop Green and Gerald Wallace as a tandem, as they are now the only two significant contracts on the books for Boston in the 2015-16 season. If Boston could shed both, they'd have massive cap space in the 2015 offseason.
Of course, this is a tentative buy, if only because it's not a lock that Green would accept his player option. While it seems unlikely he would receive $9 million a year on a new deal in free agency, Green could secure long-term money and more financial security if he opts out.
All that said, it's hard to imagine Ainge isn't shopping anyone at this point.