Memphis Receive Jeff Green in Three Team Trade

Jeff Green

It seems as though the NBA is finally in the trading spirit, after New York’s blockbuster move earlier on this month, now Jeff Green has left the Boston Celtics for the Memphis Grizzlies in yet another three team trade.

Boston, a team in a full scale rebuild at the moment and have shipped their best player in Jeff Green, but have received a future first round draft pick and veteran forward Tayshaun Prince. New Orleans guard Austin Rivers also heads to Massachusetts in the move.

The Pelicans received a 2015 second round pick from Memphis as well as getting guard/forward Quincy Pondexter. Finally, Pelicans player Russ Smith also moved on to the Grizzlies to cap off the deal.

The move obviously strengthens the already powerful Memphis roster with the addition of a talented scorer and a capable all-round player in Green, which will only further many of the expectations surrounding them and their playoff hopes.

Boston however are clearly looking to the future, knowing that this season is unlikely to bare any fruits. Currently sitting 12th in the Eastern Conference, it would take a miraculous turn for them to even challenge for the Playoffs, giving fans little to cheer about whilst they plan their rebuild.

Finally, New Orleans gain a seasoned veteran in Pondexter who is unlikely to upset their locker room, whilst ridding themselves of Austin Rivers who has fallen out of favour recently.

In other news, New York has continued its reshuffle by reportedly placing Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon on the trading block. Both players are now being shopped to potential suitors ahead of the trade deadline, which is due on February 19th, giving teams plenty of time to make a move.

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Luke Hatfield is the creator and editor of BouncyOrangeBall, with an extensive knowledge of the NBA and basketball in general.

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