There were a set of conflict reports on Celtics’ leading scorer Jeff Green in the past week. Zach Lowe of Grantland reported that the Wizards had liked Green for awhile and proposed him as a potential replacement for Trevor Ariza this summer.
Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald debunked that Wizards interest in a column yesterday and multiple league sources told Jay King of Masslive.com that they doubt Green has much value on the trade market right now.
Based on this, I went about looking at what the Celtics should try to do with the small forward this offseason in a column for CBSBoston.com this week:
The Celtics should not give Green away in any deal, but they would be best served to consider offers on the athletic forward, who has underwhelmed during his three years in Boston. Towards the end of this year’s disappointing season, Green appeared withdrawn in the locker room, leaving without speaking to the media most nights.
His inconsistent play was apparent on multiple occasions with Brad Stevens as well, as the head coach benched him during the fourth quarter of multiple close games during the team’s lackluster 25-win campaign. Green’s teammates and coach have always stood up for him upon criticism publicly, but even Green’s strongest supporters have to admit Boston hasn’t been a great fit for the veteran.
The question for the Celtics with Green, is there any kind of viable deal out there for their leading scorer? For a swap with the Wizards to work (assuming trade interest is there) both teams will have to find a way to make the salaries match, since each squad will be over the salary cap this summer.
You can check out the full column at CBSBoston.com