Fans of the Boston Celtics woke up to learn that Philadelphia 76ers star James Harden had been dealt to the Los Angeles Clippers with PJ Tucker for a handful of players and draft picks. Veteran wing Danny Green found himself a casualty of the deal, having been cut to make room for the incoming players. Should the Celtics consider targeting the veteran 3-and-D specialist to fill their final remaining roster spot?
On one hand, Green has remained a lethal outside shot despite tearing his ACL with the Sixers in the 2021-22 NBA season, hitting 42.1% of his attempts from beyond the arc since returning from that injury.
On the other, at this stage of his career, the Sixers wing is more “and-D” than 3-and-D, with father time and his injury history diminishing his mobility on that end of the court.
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Green is also on the smaller side of the wing spectrum, meaning he won’t be any help propping up the team’s thin frontcourt rotation, and Boston already has a handful of wings able to shoot without being especially great defenders.
Given the tax bill adding such a player would bring coupled with the current state of the roster, it might make sense to revisit such a conversation in a few more weeks if Green remains available and Boston gets a better look at its bench.
But the attraction of such efficient 3-point shooting is hard to ignore, even if much of the rest of the details don’t quite fit at the moment.
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