Celtics Trade Rumors: Nuggets' Jeff Green Interests Boston Ahead of NBA Deadline

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 12, 2022

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The Boston Celtics have reportedly "expressed interest in re-acquiring forward Jeff Green" from the Denver Nuggets, according to Michael Scotto and Yossi Gozlan of HoopsHype. 

Green last played for the Celtics in the 2014-15 season under former head coach Brad Stevens, now the team's president of basketball operations.

Green spent parts of four seasons with the Celtics (2010-11 to 2014-15, though he missed the 2011-12 season with a heart condition), averaging 14.6 points and 4.2 rebounds during that span. 

He's bounced around the NBA in his career, playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Washington Wizards, Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets alongside the Celtics and Nuggets. 

This season he's averaging 10.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in 36 total appearances, starting 24. 

As for the Celtics, some changes could be coming. The team is a disappointing 20-21, just 10th in the Eastern Conference, and has underachieved in Ime Udoka's first year as head coach.

While it's hard to imagine the Celtics breaking up the young duo of Jayson Tatum (23) and Jaylen Brown (25), reworking the roster around that pair is more feasible. 

Per Scotto and Gozlan, "former lottery pick Aaron Nesmith and guard Dennis Schroeder are also available in Boston. They've made several calls doing due diligence, including to Phoenix regarding Jalen Smith's availability."

So the Celtics might be busy ahead of the February trade deadline, and bringing in veterans like Green to fill in some gaps would make sense for Boston.