Just prior to the end of the season, Boston Celtics CEO Wyc Grousbeck said that there is the potential for “fireworks” this summer when it comes to Boston’s offseason.
Then, Celtics President of basketball operations Danny Ainge said that they needed to be wise, and that if moves were to be taken this offseason, it would be of the “right” variety.
“We have to make sure we don’t do deals just to do deals; we have to do the right deals,” Ainge said during his weekly appearance on Toucher & Rich. “Those are a lot harder than most people think or believe or understand. So I’m not making any promises, but we have a busy summer ahead of us. There are a lot of different ways we could go.”
“We’ll start having them once the season ends, because we really can’t do anything until the whole season ends. I think that the groundwork has been laid potentially for some deals this summer, but no guarantees,” he said. “We did our trading at the trade deadline just a month before the trade deadline this year. But we were trying to do those types of deals where we could free up some flexibility and acquire assets, and we felt like we took advantage of a couple of opportunities that would help us down the road. But they happened a month before the actual trade deadline. We still were trying to do another deal or two before the deadline and weren’t able to get it done.”
Fast forward a couple of weeks, and we’re beginning to see what those potential “fireworks” could be.
According to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald, the Celtics are willing to trade Jeff Green…for the right price, of course.
He was a volume scorer and shooter on a bad team, with two more years at $9.2 million each — the second not guaranteed — left on his contract. He’s eminently available if there’s a contender who believes Green can fit in as a third or fourth guy.
Green played in all 82 games this season for the Celtics and averaged nearly 17 points per game and five rebounds per game.