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The New Orleans Pelicans have reportedly agreed to send Austin Rivers to the Boston Celtics to help complete their looming Jeff Green trade with the Memphis Grizzlies.
According to ESPN sources, the Pelicans have been recruited to join the trade struck on Friday by sending Rivers to the Celtics and taking on guard Quincy Pondexter.
It has been reported that Boston and Memphis had come to an agreement on the main mechanic of the deal with the Celtics agreeing to send Green to the Grizzlies for Tayshaun Prince’s expiring $7.7m contract and a future first-round pick.
However, it was widely recognised that they were open to including a third team into the deal and so they are now believed to have brought in the Pelicans to benefit from the moves.
It is likely that they will now have to wait until Monday for the league offices to re-open in order to push the deal through, while sources have suggested that New Orleans will also send Russ Smith to the Grizzlies as part of this transaction as they receive a future second-round pick in return.
Meanwhile, in further speculation, Rivers has been linked with a trade deal from Boston to the Los Angeles Clippers which will give him an opportunity to work under his father, Doc.
The 10th overall pick in the 2012 Draft has previously been in agreement with his father over not being on the same NBA team. However, the Clippers coach gave his biggest indication yet on Saturday that he would open to making the move.
“I would,” he said. “I think a year ago I probably wouldn’t. I think I would for sure. I think this team could handle that. He’s a downhill guard, which is something we need, so I certainly would [be open to coaching him].”
In contrast, the rebuilding process continues in Boston as they continue to shed salaries ahead free agency as well as continuing to accumulate future Draft picks.