Green also reportedly being shopped around ahead of deadline.
The Boston Celtics could be tempted into a trade deal involving point guard Rajon Rondo provided that there is a huge offer on the table for the star.
Boston general manager Danny Ainge is reportedly still looking for deals involving either Rondo or Jeff Green ahead of the deadline on February 20, as the Celtics continue to look at the bigger picture and rebuild their roster in order to be competitive for the long-term.
It is understood that Ainge is only interested in receiving young talented players as well as first round picks, which could perhaps be too steep for the other teams interested in acquiring the duo, while Green’s contract also makes things difficult.
According to Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, that doesn’t necessarily mean that a deal won’t happen for either player ahead of the deadline.
“If Danny gets a monster offer for Rondo, I don’t think he’s attached to him in the sense that he’s untradeable,” Mannix said. “But I think it’s going to take a huge, All-Star level Kevin Garnett or Ray Allen type of offer.”
While it appears as though a deal for Rondo may still be unrealistic as the point guard could arguably be the centre piece for the franchise to build around, Mannix wasn’t so reassuring on Green’s future in Boston.
“I think at this point, Jeff Green is absolutely on the table for a deal. I think if Boston can find a way to find a way to get either a first-round draft pick or some kind of young piece back that can be better for their future, they would be willing to deal him,” he said.
“The problem is that other teams are seeing what Jeff Green is, and other teams are seeing just how much money Jeff Green is making, and I don’t think they’re willing to deal for him.”
It is still expected that Rondo will remain with the Celtics next season, although the bigger question that Ainge faces is whether or not he can re-sign the former All-Star in the summer of 2015.
Rondo has previously hinted at the possibility of staying in Boston for the rest of his career, although things could rapidly change in the NBA landscape depending on potential suitors and possible deals on the table.