The Fab Melo era in Boston is officially over as the Celtics have sent the eternal project center to the Memphis Grizzlies. The return for the former huge first round reach? The non-guaranteed contract of Donte Greene.
The worst part of this swap of former Orangemen is that Greene and his non-guaranteed contract will likely be waived in order for the Celtics to get under the luxury tax. This means that when the Celtics handed David Stern the index card that read “Fab Melo” (instead of Festus Ezeli, Draymond Green, Jae Crowder, Quincy Acy, Arnett Moultrie, Kyle O’Quinn, Robert Sacre, Perry Jones III, Marquis Teague, Jeffrey Taylor, John Jenkins, or Orlando Johnson), they could have easily written “We will not be using this pick because we like a challenge.”
Memphis will now try again, as they did with Hasheem Thabeet, to make a basketball player out of a really tall, lumbering, uncoordinated mass.