Report: Austin Rivers going to Celtics as part of trade that will send Jeff Green to Grizzlies


The framework of a three-team trade between the Celtics, Grizzlies and Pelicans was coming into focus, but now an additional player has been included in the deal as it moves towards becoming finalized.

Austin Rivers, son of former Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, is evidently heading to Boston as part of the exchange.

From Marc Stein of

ESPN sources say New Orleans is poised to join Memphis/Boston deal for Jeff Green … with Austin Rivers going to Celts

As deal currently stands, I’m told Boston receives both Austin Rivers & Tayshaun Prince … with Jeff Green winding up in Memphis as planned

Remains to be seen if deal is pushed through today or if it waits until league office opens Monday. But the three teams have agreed to terms

Rivers has been fairly consistent from a numbers perspective in New Orleans, if underwhelming, at best. Now in his third NBA season, he’s averaging 6.8 points and 2.5 assists in 22.1 minutes per contest, but is shooting just 38.7 percent from the field on the season.

As for his being traded, the writing was on the wall since before the season began. The Pelicans declined Rivers’ contract option for next season, meaning he’d be an unrestricted free agent after this one — so why not trade him to get something in return, instead of just seeing him leave the organization on his own.

Report: Pelicans emerge as third team in trade that would send Celtics’ Jeff Green to Grizzlies


Celtics GM Danny Ainge has decided it’s fire sale time in Boston, and is essentially trading away any players that he doesn’t see as a long-term solution, while kickstarting an ongoing rebuilding process into high gear at the very same time.

Rajon Rondo was sent to Dallas, and Brandan Wright, who was acquired in that deal, is on his way to Phoenix.

Jeff Green is the best player remaining on the Celtics roster, but that won’t be the case for much longer. Green was held out of Boston’s loss in Indiana on Friday, because the team is close to dealing him to the Grizzlies.

While the deal has yet to be completed, a third team has reportedly agreed to help facilitate things, and the framework is firmly in place.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Memphis, Boston and New Orleans are in the advanced stages of a deal framework that would send the Grizzlies’ Tayshaun Prince, New Orleans’ John Salmons and a future Memphis first-round pick to the Celtics, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Memphis would send forward Quincy Pondexter to the Pelicans and New Orleans would send Russ Smith to the Grizzlies in the proposed deal, sources said.

Boston and Memphis believe they can complete the Green trade without New Orleans, but the Grizzlies want to move Pondexter before Green and his $9.2 million salary joins Memphis, sources said. Memphis is still discussing other deals for Pondexter around the NBA, but the focus on Friday night had been completing the trade with New Orleans, sources told Yahoo.

Pondexter is part of the rotation in Memphis, but isn’t an integral part of what the team does. Shedding his salary would mean Memphis would stay under the luxury tax threshold of $76.8 million, which is important to a team playing in one of the league’s smaller markets.

Nothing has been finalized, and the Celtics will reportedly listen to other offers for Green while this one works itself out. But no matter where he ends up (and Memphis still seems like the likely destination), Green’s time in Boston appears to be a thing of the past.

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Report: Jeff Green trade to Grizzlies not yet official, so Celtics will ‘check’ other offers

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Reports emerged late Friday that had the Celtics and the Grizzlies agreeing on a deal that would send Jeff Green to Memphis.

While the trade seems likely to occur once a third team can be brought in to help facilitate things, the deal had yet to be completed before games began Friday night.

And that means there’s some wiggle room left, at least in the eyes of the Celtics.

Green was held out of Boston’s contest in Indiana, but the Grizzlies did no such thing with Tayshaun Prince, who was rumored to be gone in the proposed deal. Prince logged first quarter minutes off the bench for the Grizzlies in New Orleans, and since it’s clear that nothing has been finalized, the Celtics will keep their ears open in case a better offer for Green ends up materializing.

From Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald:

Green to MEM still likely, but wasn’t done by close of business today, so couldn’t be official until Monday. Celts will check other offers.

With Boston this close to dealing Green, other teams know that any discussions they might have would be well beyond the stages of posturing. Green is available, and teams know that he’s on the verge of going to Memphis. But with nothing having yet been finalized, the door is open for someone to swoop in with a better offer that could give Boston more in terms of assets for the future.

It’s unlikely at this point. But the fact that the deal didn’t get done as it was coming together, along with Memphis allowing Prince to play when he was reportedly a part of those discussions has to give other teams hope if in fact there is one or more out there which may be serious in obtaining Green’s services.

Report: Celtics near deal to send Jeff Green to Memphis Grizzlies


Danny Ainge is wheeling and dealing.

In the wake of sending Brandan Wright to Phoenix, it appears the Celtics are about to finalize a deal that sends Jeff Green to the Memphis Grizzlies, reports Adrain Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Marc Stein of ESPN confirmed this.

This is going to be for Tayshaun Prince (owed $7.7 million this season on an expiring deal) and a future first round pick. (That has been the buzz around the league for a while, anyway.)

For the Celtics, it’s about going all in on the rebuild.

For Memphis, it’s about going all in for this year. Which they should do.

The Grizzlies are one of the teams in the mix in the West as potential contenders but what they needed was an upgrade on the wing and someone who can knock down threes. Green is athletic as they come and is a career 34 percent form three (although that is down to 30.5 percent this year, something that might improve with the better looks on a better team). Green fits their needs.

If you’re about to put in the comments, “they should have just kept Rudy Gay” you need to go back to basketball class. Gay demanded and took a much higher percentage of the shots and offense in Memphis than Green will (the offense was too Gay centered before). The Grizzlies offense now will continue to flow through MVP candidate Marc Gasol first and then to guys like Zach Randolph, Mike Conley and Green. If he accepts his role Green is a big upgrade for the Grizzlies.

Green doesn’t really help their defense, which for the past month has been Memphis’ real issue. But if that end comes around they remain right in the mix.

Zach Randolph set to return to Grizzlies lineup Friday night

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Zach Randolph has missed the last 9 games for the Grizzlies due to right knee issues and they have gone 4-5 without him.

Needless to say, Memphis is pretty happy to have him back in the lineup Friday night against New Orleans. Randolph practiced Thursday then went through shootaround on Sunday and is good to go, tweets Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal.

Memphis is 13.4 points per 100 possessions better when Z-Bo is on the court and occupying his spot on the left block. While certainly most of that improvement is on the offensive end (8.8 per 100) — and that’s understandable, there are not many better scorers from the block than Randolph — he did also help their defense.

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Which is what the Grizzles really need — in their last 10 games they are allowing 106.7 points per 100 possessions, which is 4.7 more points than their season average and ranks as 25th in the NBA. What’s worse, as the fantastic John Schuhmann noted at, at the end of November the Grizzlies were fourth in the league allowing just 97.8 points per 100.

Injuries have set the Grizzlies back, both to Randolph but also Tony Allen. Memphis is looking around on the trade market for an upgrade for Tayshaun Prince as well (although Jeff Green is not the guy you bring in as a defensive stopper). It’s a little bit of a lot of things, but the Grizzlies need to get back on their defense track to hold their ground in an unforgiving Western Conference.