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Should the Boston Celtics Think About Trading Jeff Green?

January 21st, 2014 at 2:34 PM
By Sean Melia

What could we possibly write about once the trade deadline passes and the rumors are gone? We'll probably write about the lottery, tanking, and who could be potential additions in the summer. 

'Jeff Green' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

We probably won't write about what's going on during the games though. That would be boring, right?

So, let's dive into a little mini-rumor (a 1.5 on The Richter Scale). 

This one comes from Sam Smith over at Bulls.com and his notes column. Conjecture at it's finest. But we'll bite and talk about it for a few hundred words.

More executives think the Celtics want to trade Jeff Green. They're probably trying to persuade someone to take Gerald Wallace along with Green, though many figure they'll eventually move Green.

The one thing that stands out here is the positivity that is written in the words. They will "eventually" deal Green? Interesting.

This is starting to make more and more sense though. Green has had his chance to make himself the guy. The one to carry the load while Rajon Rondo was out. Green did nothing of the sort. He was not a vocal leader, or a leader on the floor. His stats have pretty much steadied out over the course of the last two seasons. He is now two years removed from his heart surgery, which was another reason people were willing to stick with the quiet swing man for a little bit longer.

His stats per 36 minutes are pretty unbecoming a player that was meant to make a jump this year. He is half a point better than his second highest point total per 36 minutes. His field goal percentage, rebounds, and assists are alll the same as they have always been. He is 27 years old, so he isn't exactly a spring chicken either.

The Hall of Fame teammates are gone. Many believed those big names, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen hindered Green's growth because he deferred to them. Now he is deferring to lesser players: Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, Avery Bradley

There's only so many times a player can show flashes of brilliance before they become just that, flashes, without any sort of steady glow. Green has never shown a steady glow that befits his contract or the faith people have in him.

Strangely enough, Green was dealt in 2007 to bring a championship to Boston. He might be the same type of chip again. Making way for some other players to help move this franchise in the right direction. 

 

Tags: Avery Bradley, Basketball, Boston, Boston Celtics, Jared Sullinger, Jeff Green, NBA, Rajon Rondo, Sam Smith

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