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The Boston Celtics have reportedly agreed on a trade that will send forward Jeff Green to the Memphis Grizzlies, according to league sources.
The Celtics have been in full rebuild mode recently as after trading point guard Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks last month, speculation has continued to insist that they were ready to make further deals.
It is understood that the Celtics and Grizzlies have agreed a deal for Green which will see the latter exchange Tayshaun Prince’s $7.7m expiring contract and another future first-round pick.
However, it is still possible that the two teams will recruit a third team to join the final trade construction although it is widely expected that regardless of whether or not a third team is involved, the deal will still go through.
Green was scheduled to start against the Indiana Pacers on Friday night, but he did not take the floor with his teammates and was ultimately pulled from the starting line-up and replaced by Jae Crowder.
While Celtics coach Brad Stevens declined to comment on the situation, he did concede to reporters that Green would “not be with us this weekend”.
Meanwhile, Prince insisted that it was part of the business of the league as he likely played his final game for Memphis on Friday, and he said he was relaxed about the situation as he has been on the trading block since his first year in the NBA.
ESPN had reported earlier this week that the Grizzlies were looking at either Green or Miami Heat star Luol Deng to upgrade their wing rotation, and so it appears as though they have opted for Green who will undoubtedly give them an added edge in a highly competitive Western Conference.
For the Celtics, it is another salary cap saving exercise and first round Draft pick opportunity as they are now likely to be armed with six first-round selections and 14 total picks over the next two Drafts. The picks will undoubtedly aid president of basketball operations Danny Ainge in his push to add to the young nucleus at the franchise as well as helping him obtain talent through trades.