The Jeff Green trade waiting game appears to be over.
The Celtics benched their starting small forward for their last two games as they neared an agreement to send him to the Memphis Grizzlies. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is reporting Boston has finalized the terms of three-team Green deal involving both Memphis and the New Orleans Pelicans.
The trade will send the Grizzlies’ Tayshaun Prince, New Orleans’ Austin Rivers and a future Memphis first-round pick to the Celtics, league sources tell Wojnarowski. Memphis will send forward Quincy Pondexter and a 2015 second-round pick to the Pelicans and the Pelicans will move guard Russ Smith to the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies held Prince and Pondexter out of Sunday’s game against the Phoenix Suns.
The Grizzlies’ future first-round pick headed to Boston is expected to be for a couple years down the road since Memphis currently owes a 2015 protected first-round pick to the Denver Nuggets. League rules limit which future first-round picks Memphis can trade until that protected pick is delivered to Denver.
Prince, 34, is averaging 7.4 points and 3.2 rebounds in 25 games this season as a reserve small forward. His $7.4 million contract expires at the end of the season, so he’s a likely trade or buyout candidate in the next couple months for Boston.
Rivers, 22, is averaging 6.8 points and 2.5 assists in 35 games this year as a reserve guard for the Pelicans. Like Prince, he was included in the deal mostly as salary filler.
Rivers is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, so the Celtics are reportedly looking to deal him for a second-round pick, according to Wojnarowski. The Los Angeles Clippers are believed to have interest, which could create an interesting reunion between Rivers and his father Doc, the Clippers’ head coach.
Either way, don’t expect to see much, (if any) of Prince and Rivers in Celtics’ uniforms after the deal becomes official following a trade call with the league on Monday.