Feb 24, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Boston Celtics small forward Jeff Green (8) dribbles the ball during the first half against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Green being made available--should Grizzlies pursue?

Is Jeff Green the answer at small forward?

The Boston Celtics have been shopping Jeff Green around for quite some time, but as the season approaches it would appear that they are pushing to move him even harder.

The Grizzlies should be interested, because Green would bring a lot to this team.  In fact, he could push them even further into title contention than they already are.  He is by no means a perfect player, but he can do a little bit of everything, which is always a good thing to have.

Of course, the Grizzlies and Celtics would need to workout a deal, and it would probably look something like this:

Celtics trade Jeff Green to Memphis for Tayshaun Prince and two second round picks

Mar 23, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies small forward Tayshaun Prince (21) brings the ball up court while guarded by Boston Celtics power forward Jeff Green (8) during the game at FedEx Forum. Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Boston Celtics 110-106. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Mar 23, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies small forward Tayshaun Prince (21) brings the ball up court while guarded by Boston Celtics power forward Jeff Green (8) during the game at FedEx Forum. Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Boston Celtics 110-106. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

The picks are negotiable, but this trade works for both teams.  The Celtics clear both cap space (Prince’s expiring contract) and playing time, allowing for some of their younger players to develop.  They also get some picks out of the deal to either use as a trade chips or keep down the road.

Memphis, on the other hand, comes away with an absolute steal.  They get just the type of player that they need, and they aren’t giving up any valuable assets.  Prince is on his way out as is, and two second round picks are nothing in the grand scheme of things.

Having Green start at small forward would give the Grizzlies a big lineup, as he stands 6’9”.  Given his size, Green doesn’t play as big as he is, so he might need to get a little more physical in Memphis.  Having Green as a starter also allows for Vince Carter to come off the bench and provide some scoring, which is the best way for him to be utilized.

Honestly, the Grizzlies need to seriously inquire about this trade.  There aren’t many players that would fit this well in Memphis, and it’s a perfect situation where Boston is looking to get rid of him anyways.  The Grizzlies should jump on this opportunity and make their squad even better than it already is.

 

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