Well, that didn’t last long.
The Boston Celtics acquired the services of forward Donte Greene in exchange for center Fab Melo on August 15th, and after Melo was released by the Grizzlies later in August, the Celtics have reportedly followed suit with Greene.
ESPN Boston’s Chris Forsberg (among others) is reporting that Greene has been waived as of Tuesday, and that his non-guaranteed contract is coming off of the books for 2013-2014. This is huge in keeping Boston under the luxury tax line, and that seems to be the reasoning behind the move.
On the court, Greene has been a disappointment for the most part since arriving in the NBA out of Syracuse. In 4 seasons, he has never posted a PER over 12 (league average is 15), and the 25-year-old has career averages of just 6.1 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. As far as his future prospects, HoopsHype.com is reporting that Greene could be headed to China (per his agent), and that is honestly a logical fit.
Greene is a talented athlete, but this move shouldn’t come as a surprise when you consider the new Boston regime coupled with their well-documented tax issues. I have a feeling that Greene could have locked down a job in the NBA, but if the money is good in China, that’s not a bad career move.