The Boston Celtics have legitimized their rebuilding process with yet another trade, shipping off forward Jeff Green to the Memphis Grizzlies.
The move was part of a three team trade, where Memphis sends Tayshaun Prince’s $7.7 million expiring contract and a future first-round pick to Boston, who also get former lottery pick Austin Rivers from the New Orleans Pelicans. And finally, Grizzlies guard Quincy Pondexter will join the Pelicans.
The deal couldn’t be finalized unless a third team came in to shed more salary in this transaction to avoid luxury-tax complications, but once the Pelicans came in, Celtics President Danny Ainge pulled the trigger.
In wake of Rajon Rondo’s departure, the Celtics are in full rebuild mode… and Green just doesn’t fit any longer, despite being the team’s best player. This season, he’s averaging a career-best 17.6 points, along with 4.3 rebounds per game, which are sure to help the Grizzlies championship hopes by solidifying its questionable small forward position.