While the rumor mill has died down since Omer Asik (reportedly) went off the market for the time being late last week, it appears there is some more smoke surrounding the wheeling and dealing that Danny Ainge was considering. According to long-time Cavs reporter Bob Finnan of the News Herald, Ainge made an offer of Jeff Green to the Cavs, as part of a potential 3-way deal for Houston for either Anderson Varejao (who I assume would have been sent to Houston) or a first round pick:
If the Cavs had been willing to sacrifice either backup center Anderson Varejao or their 2014 first-round pick, they probably could have been involved in a three-way deal that headlined disgruntled Rockets center Omer Asik this week. They weren’t, so they didn’t.
It doesn’t appear as if the Cavs had any interest in Asik. They did talk about being the third team to help facilitate a possible deal. In that scenario, the Cavs would have had to give up Varejao or a first-rounder and reportedly get back Celtics small forward Jeff Green.
The 6-9 Green would be a major upgrade at small forward for the Cavs. However, he is overpaid — not to the extent of Kings small forward Rudy Gay — at $8.7 million this season, $9.1 million next year and $9.1 million the following year. He’s 27 years old and has a history of heart problems. Would he push the Cavs over the top? Probably not.
Those Celtics trade talks for Omer Asik? They might not be over yet either, according to former Celtics’ beat reporter Marc Spears
Here’s the report from within today’s power rankings from Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports:
The Rockets let their self-imposed deadline to trade center Omer Asik pass, but Boston is still having trade discussions in hopes of landing him, a source said.
CH’s Take: It’s no surprise that Danny is still trying to pry Asik away, likely still using a 2015 first rounder from the Clippers as a bait with perhaps some other pieces (Jordan Crawford before his stock falls too much?) along with the original bait in Brandon Bass or Jeff Green. That’s still a good price for Ainge if he can get Morey to bite with a lack of other appealing offers around the NBA thus far. He’ll keep pushing the former C’s front office member while he can, in hopes Morey eventually has to pull the trigger.
The Cavs rumor is a fun little twist on this though and although Green makes little sense in Houston right now, he’d be a good fit on the wing in Cleveland. That Danny is willing to give him up for a first round pick (probably in the middle of the first round from Cleveland) shows that Green’s not necessarily part of the team’s long-term plans at this point. Green is under contract through next season, and he has a player option after that, but would likely opt out then in order to secure a long-term deal after the 2014-15 season.
Either way, this is just another reminder that anything and everything is on the table for this team right now. The rumor mill will continue to be active for the next couple months, so stay tuned. We’ll try to make sense of it all here at CelticsHub for you to separate the fact and fiction of it.