Trade rumor season has started early in Boston, and Jeff Green is not happy about it.
The small forward approached the assembled media in the Celtics locker room after Boston’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers Sunday night, and sounded off on trade rumors that had circulated over the weekend about his desire to remain in Boston.
“Before you start, I just want to clear the air about some B.S. rumor that came out,” Green declared. “I don’t know if the person who made this article is in this [locker room] but the rumor about me wanting to get traded is definitely false. I said that I was frustrated with losing, not frustrated with the team. So if the words didn’t come from my mouth, I’d appreciate if you do not write a dumbass article like that.”
Green had been vocal in his disappointment with losing after Friday night’s loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. He told Comcast New England following that game his frustration was at an all-time high, and that he was “tired of losing.” The same CSNNE report also declared that according to one league executive, Green’s current trade value was high, if not higher than Rajon Rondo.
Even though no mention was made in that report that Green wanted out of Boston, it was easy for some sites around the web to connect the dots on their own, noting Green’s frustration and the fact that the small forward is a candidate to be dealt by Boston. Those factors led a few sites to insinuate that the veteran small forward wanted out of town.
Green had not read any of these reports Sunday night, but became upset when hearing from a friend who wondered about his intentions.
“I just got a text on my phone [about the rumor]. I don’t know who exactly wrote [the trade report],” Green admitted.
The 28-year-old scored 18 points in Sunday’s 94-88 loss to the Blazers and has played fairly well overall during the young season despite the team’s struggles.
Green leads the Celtics in scoring, averaging 18.4 points per game and is earning $9.2 million this season in the third year of a four-year contract he signed back in the summer of 2012. The athletic forward has been the subject of heavy criticism from fans and the media for performing inconsistently over the course of that sizable deal.
Green holds a player option at $9.2 million for the 2015-16 season, which makes his future uncertain in the midst of a Celtics rebuild. However, Green remains adamant he wants to stay in town.
“If I didn’t [want to be here], I wouldn’t have signed a contract to come back here. I’m happy where I’m at, happy with the coach, management, front office, everybody. I haven’t been happy like this in years. It’s a good place for me,” Green said.
Despite Green’s statement, it’s unlikely the trade rumors will disappear anytime soon, since there are no veteran untouchables on a 4-8 rebuilding Celtics roster. While noting that, Green wants to make sure there was no confusion about his intentions.
“You are going to write whatever you want to write, I just want it to be the truth…I want to stay here.”