Trade season for the Boston Celtics got off to an eventful start last month when Danny Ainge elected to deal away Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks.
Now it appears Jeff Green is the latest Celtic to be targeted as a potential acquisition by a Western Conference contender.
Here’s the scoop from Marc Stein of ESPN.com:
The Grizzlies, looking to bolster their scoring options on the wing in the ever-competitive Western Conference, are actively trying to obtain either Miami’s Luol Deng or Boston’s Jeff Green via trade ahead of the Feb. 19 trade deadline, according to league sources. No deal is imminent in either case, sources said, but it has become clear the Grizzlies are intent on upgrading their wing rotation before the deadline.
Green is leading the Celtics in scoring this season, averaging 17.4 points per game, but has struggled mightily since the team traded away Rondo. With a crowded roster in place, along with the emergence of youngsters Jae Crowder and James Young, it’s no surprise Boston is hoping to move Green in a trade.
The small forward is earning $9.4 million in the third year of a four-year contract he signed with Boston back in the summer of 2012. Green holds a player option for the 2015-16 season at $9.4 million, but could elect to opt out and land a bigger contract on the open market.
Stein also reports a potential return from the Grizzlies would likely include small forward Tayshaun Prince, as well as future draft picks.