Memphis finalizes 3-team trade with Jeff Green to Grizzlies
MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies hope Jeff Green can boost their offense and give them an edge in the tight Western Conference race after acquiring the forward from Boston in a three-team trade approved Monday.
In the trade, the Grizzlies sent forward Tayshaun Prince to Boston and forward Quincy Pondexter to New Orleans.
The Grizzlies also received point guard Russ Smith, a 2014 second-round NBA draft pick, from New Orleans, and a traded player exception. The Pelicans sent Austin Rivers, the 10th overall pick in 2012, to Boston in the deal.
Memphis also gave a 2015 second-round draft pick to New Orleans and a protected future first round pick to Boston.
The trade ends a long weekend for a deal that started coming together Friday.
Green is expected to provide more offense for Memphis, which has gone 5-5 over its past 10 games. That left the Grizzlies tied Monday with Houston atop the tight Southwest Division at 26-11, just ahead of Dallas. The Celtics (12-23), meanwhile, are in full rebuilding mode.
Green averaged a career-high 17.6 points with 4.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 33 starts with Boston this season. He is shooting 43.4 percent from the floor and 30.5 percent from beyond the arc.
It’s another in a line of trades the past few years for Boston’s president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, who also dumped point guard Rajon Rondo last month during his free agent season.
“Anytime you lose you’re leading scorer, there’s going to be challenges that come with that,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said before Monday’s game against New Orleans.
Prince, 34, averaged 7.3 points and 3.2 rebounds with Memphis this season, while Pondexter scored 4.5 points and grabbed 1.9 rebounds.