Friday, January 9, 2015

Grizzlies Trade Rumors: Jeff Green talks heating up with Celtics

Posted By on Fri, Jan 9, 2015 at 4:37 PM

click to enlarge Tayshaun Prince and a pick could be headed to Boston for Jeff Green, according to rumors that broke Friday afternoon. - LARRY KUZNIEWSKI
  • Larry Kuzniewski
  • Tayshaun Prince and a pick could be headed to Boston for Jeff Green, according to rumors that broke Friday afternoon.

Yesterday, word started to trickle out (mostly from ESPN’s Marc Stein) that the Grizzlies had reached out to the Heat and Celtics about forwards Luol Deng and Jeff Green. Deng was named as the “top candidate”, but reports quickly emerged from Miami that the Grizzlies had merely called to ask about Deng’s availability and were rebuffed.

Things appear to have gotten a little more serious with the Boston Celtics this afternoon:

Reports are that the Grizzlies have offered Tayshaun Prince (whose $7 million contract expires after this season) and a pick (but no word whether it’s a first or not.) There was this from Chris Mannix yesterday:

So one hopes that if this deal does go down, the Griz can pull it off without giving up a first round pick to the Celtics for essentially taking back a player whose deal expires this year anyway.

I’m not crazy about this deal. Deng, I would’ve loved, but I just don’t think Green is that calibre of player. He seems to score in bursts, and then have long droughts of poor shooting performances—like another Grizzlies SF, Rudy Gay, but not as athletic. If the trade requires sending Tayshaun Prince to Boston (you guys just wait until you see that requiem appear in these pages) the Grizzlies will be down another capable backup power forward, without Celtics player Brandan Wright to show for it since Wright can’t be packaged in a deal with another player (since he was recently traded from Dallas to Boston in the Rondo deal).

Does this trade move the needle for the Grizzlies this year, and get them closer to an NBA championship? Maybe. Not by much, though. That Green would instantly be the most athletic wing on the team says more about the state of the Grizzlies’ wing rotation than it does about Green. But, there are ways in which it could work. Green is a good player. I just echo the sentiments of others, who think he might be better-served in a more free-flowing offensive system, not the Grizzlies’ bruising, methodical half-court style.

We’ll see. Green was offered to the Grizzlies way back in the Rudy Gay trade, but Levien & Co. turned the offer down. Chris Wallace seems to have his fingerprints on this one, and whether it happens or not, it’s clear that the Grizzlies are trying to make moves to shore up their title hopes this year. More as it develops.

UPDATE, 9:26PM: Now it sounds like this is becoming a three-team deal, involving Quincy Pondexter going to the New Orleans Pelicans so that John Salmons can be packaged with Tayshaun Prince and sent to Boston:

Some sources have reported that the pick going to Boston would now be a New Orleans pick, while others have reported that it would a 2018 or 2019 Memphis first round pick going to Boston. Either way, it sounds like things are starting to shake loose and a deal continues to evolve.

UPDATE, 4:55PM: Looks like this one may be getting closer to being a reality:


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