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The Boston Celtics really need an 18-20-point scorer to align with Rajon Rondo. Through 43 games as the team's best offensive player, Jeff Green hasn't proved he is that guy.
Green is averaging a respectable 15.7 points and five rebounds per game, but the Celtics need more than that out of their second star next to Rondo. If Danny Ainge can find a way to upgrade the small forward position, he has to make that move.
As great and deep as this upcoming draft reportedly is, there won't be anyone from it scoring 20 points per game. These could be very solid players, but they aren't LeBron James or Kevin Durant.
Like his backup, Gerald Wallace, Green has a significant contract factor weighing on any trade of him. He is scheduled to make $9.2 million next season, with an identical player option for 2015-16. However, there are players with equally tough contracts out there, like Omer Asik, that Boston could entertain in a deal.
According to Chicago Bulls and NBA.com writer Sam Smith recently, the NBA executives believe Boston is pushing to make a Green trade happen.
In the Celtics' recent loss to the Orlando Magic, Green passed up a game-winning opportunity to drive and kick.
"I thought Jeff had a good shot that he passed up," said head coach Brad Stevens. "We probably didn’t hold our screen long enough on it, but if he decides to drive, then people got to reasonable spacing."
That doesn't sound like much of an offensive leader, and the play live didn't look it either. Paul Pierce wouldn't pass that ball up, and we've seen recently that neither would Rondo. That is the type of scorer Boston needs.