The 2014-2015 Boston Celtics are a work in progress. It may be an ugly work and a long process, but it will one, hopefully, show on the court. At 4-10 entering play on Tuesday, the Celtics do show some glimpses of hope. Unfortunately, those glimpses are usually quickly followed by more images of doom and gloom. Sure, the Celtics can score and garb a few boards and dish out plenty of assists. They just can’t prevent their opponents from doing it better. With Boston undoubtedly staring at another NBA Draft Lottery Pick in 2015, everyone will be speculating that soon-to-be free agent star guard Rajon Rondo will be shopped by the NBA Trade Deadline in February. Yet, while many now believe that Rondo may actually be interested in signing an extension to remain in Boston, is it more conceivable that the Celtics trade Jeff Green before or instead of Rondo over the next few months? After learning of Green’s growing level of frustration, it is certainly possible.
“All-time high” was how Green described his frustration level to Comcast SportsNet New England’s Abby Chin. Green went on to add that “I’m tired of losing,” following another ugly loss against the clearly more talented Memphis Grizzlies. “[Friday] we let them get whatever they wanted,” Green said. “So we deserved to lose.”
It is understandable for Green to be frustrated. No player should accept losing. The problem is, that is not going to change any time soon for the Celtics. With Green having an opt-out clause in his contract, one has to wonder if he is inching closer and closer with each loss to deciding to leave the Celtics after this season. If that is a possibility, then Boston would be smart to find a taker now instead of watching him walk away for nothing after the season.
A. Sherrod Blakely wrote that a league executive told CSNNE.com on Saturday that the market for Green is as strong, “if not stronger”, than it is for Rajon Rondo, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. “They’re two totally different players and their roles with a team are different, too,” he said. “But Green can do a lot of things to help just about any team, as long as you’re not making him the guy you build around. Green’s the guy you add to the guy you’re trying to build around.”
Green would not be the guy any team builds around, unlike with Rondo. Green would be a great addition to a team such as the Houston Rockets with James Harden and Dwight Howard, or the New Orleans Pelicans with Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday. Green would be a nice fit with other teams as well, including the Miami Heat with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. His shooting percentage may not be all that appealing, at just over 43% this season, which includes just 26% from behind the three-point line, but he also gives you some key rebounds and blocks, and also plays a solid defensive game.
Green may not be long for Boston, which may be unfortunate. But, what would be even worse is for the Celtics to let him walk away after the current season without receiving even a future draft pick to help guide them in the rebuilding process.