Jeff Green Trade Rumors: Latest Updates and Speculation on Celtics Swingman

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2015

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Jeff Green has been viewed as next on the Boston Celtics' trade pecking order since they shipped Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Dec. 18, and they're reportedly close to sending Green to Memphis in a three-team trade.

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Three-Team Trade Reportedly Agreed Upon

Sunday, Jan. 11

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported on the latest talks surrounding Jeff Green to the Grizzlies:

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn

Sources: Boston, Memphis and New Orleans agree on five-player trade sending Jeff Green to Grizzlies. Trade call Monday.

Celtics, Grizzlies, Pelicans Discussing Trade Involving Green

Saturday, Jan. 10

Marc Stein of ESPN provides the latest on a potential three-team trade involving Green: 

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine

So here's how the three-team trade whopper is poised to play out when it is submitted Monday for league approval ...

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine

Grizz poised to get Jeff Green/Russ Smith; Celts to get Tay Prince/Austin Rivers/Grizz first; Pelicans to get Quincy Pondexter/Grizz second

Stein initially reported Austin Rivers would be part of the trade, but Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today reports Rivers may be part of a different trade entirely:

Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt

Looks like Austin Rivers will be sent to Clippers, I'm hearing.

Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski and ESPN's Arash Markazi have more on Rivers potentially being involved in another trade:

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn

Yahoo Sources: Within front office and coaching staff, officials pushing president/coach Doc Rivers to bring his son, Austin, to Clippers.

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

Doc and Austin Rivers were against the idea of being on the same team when talking about the possibility last season. http://t.co/PmnGRoOyGY

Yesterday, Wojnarowski provided details on the trade and noted Memphis and Boston may be able to work out a deal without involving the Pelicans:

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn

Yahoo Sources: Boston, Memphis and New Orleans working framework of Green to Grizz, Pondexter to Pelicans, Prince/Salmons/pick to Celtics.

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn

Memphis and Boston still believe a Jeff Green trade would eventually be completed without New Orleans, but focus remains on three-team deal.

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In framework of proposed three-team trade, New Orleans' Russ Smith moves to Memphis, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.

Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal provides comments from Prince, who commented on potentially being moved:

Ronald Tillery @CAGrizBeat

Tayshaun Prince says he's been on trading block since his rookie season "if it happens then so be it" Prince says ab potential Boston deal

Grizzlies Interested in Acquiring Green

Wednesday, Jan. 7

ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported early Thursday that the Memphis Grizzlies were planning an aggressive push for Green and Miami's Luol Deng as they attempt to improve their wing spot. While Stein notes the Heat's willingness to trade Deng is in question—he just signed a two-year deal in Miami last summer—the same cannot be said for Green.

The Celtics have been actively pursuing a Green trade for much of the last year. Sean Deveney of Sporting News reported Green and forward Brandon Bass were atop the wish list of players president of basketball operations Danny Ainge would most like to trade. Bass is due to be a free agent at the end of this season.

Green, who holds a player option at $9.2 million for 2015-16, is likely to follow suit. Neither player fits in the long-term plans for Boston, which has stripped away veteran players piece by piece since trading Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in July 2013. Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated noted the Celtics are currently asking for a first-round pick in return for Green:

Chris Mannix @ChrisMannixYS

Boston has made it known they want a first round pick for Jeff Green, but belief around the league is they will eventually settle for less.

In his third full season in Boston (fourth with the Celtics overall), Green is averaging a career-high 17.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. He's been the team's leading scorer all season and one of its steadying forces, helping spread the floor while moving between forward spots.

The 25-10 Grizzlies, currently tied for third place in the Western Conference, could sorely use a player with Green's skill set. The combination of Courtney Lee, Vince Carter and Quincy Pondexter has given them some floor spacing on the wing but not nearly enough to win four playoff series. Tayshaun Prince, who's been wildly ineffective since arriving in Memphis, is still being forced to play nearly 24 minutes per game.

Having Prince, whom Stein mentioned as the likely piece headed to Boston (along with picks) for Green, on the floor in April is a spacing killer for the Grizzlies. Green is far from a perfect product—he's shooting a disappointing 31.1 percent from deep after flashing signs of improvement last season—but he is a better all-around player.

But even if it's not to Memphis, Green's unlikely to be wearing green and white after February 19's trade deadline. Ainge's rebuilding plunge is a runaway train that isn't coming back to the station. With Rondo gone, every veteran in that locker room is on notice. 

Green is at the front of the line.

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