COMMENTARY | It feels like there's a new rumor surrounding the Boston Celtics every week.
This is largely because we have no idea what Danny Ainge's rebuilding plans are. Will he try to build around Rajon Rondo? Does he like the young players on the roster, or will he use them to acquire a flashier name? What exactly will he do with all of the team's draft picks?
Jeff Green is one of the bigger question marks. Now that the Celtics aren't competing for a title, they're paying him an awfully large amount of money for the production they're getting. From what we've seen, it's hard to believe that he could be a building block.
According to Sam Smith of NBA.com, league executives believe Boston wants to deal Jeff Green. Smith revives the idea of Green going to the Houston Rockets, where the Celtics would likely put together some sort of package to receive Omer Asik, who is clearly unhappy as Dwight Howard's backup.
The real question is this: What exactly is Jeff Green worth on the trade market? How many general managers will give up assets to get him, considering his salary? At that point, does a deal make sense for Boston?
Of course, things can happen before the trade deadline. Injuries may create needs for contenders, and you never know when an executive will overreact to something and pull the trigger on a big deal.
Draft picks are always nice, but you have to believe Ainge will start looking for players at some point. A true center to accompany Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk would be nice, whether or not his name is Omer Asik.
It's important to note that the report simply expresses the thoughts of executives. It doesn't mention any ongoing trade talks, and maybe this is simply the fact that Ainge is open to considering anything.
Mark lives in the Boston area and has been covering New England sports for various blogs over the past 4 years. He has been featured on Fox Sports Yardbarker, Fox Sports, and Sports Illustrated "Hot Clicks", and has been published on Celtics 24/7, Bleacher Report, and Sports-Kings.
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