Apr 2, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards forward Trevor Ariza (1) dribbles the ball as Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green (8) defends in the first quarter at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Washington Wizards could pursue Jeff Green if they can’t re-sign Trevor Ariza


The Washington Wizards could see their season come to an end Tuesday night, but it has been a fantastic year. That’s why they would like to keep their team intact and will try to re-sign both center Marcin Gortat and forward Trevor Ariza.

According to Zach Lowe of Grantland, the Wizards could make a run at Boston Celtics’ forward Jeff Green is they can’t hang on to Ariza.

Washington could work the trade market to find a capable replacement for one or both guys — a proven veteran better than the minimum-salary stopgaps, but on a cheaper and/or shorter deal than Ariza and Gortat will get. The Wiz have long liked Jeff Green, who has just two seasons left on his current deal. They could help Denver reboot by flipping one player for the combo of Wilson Chandler and J.J. Hickson, both with two seasons left on their deals. They could kick the tires on any number of useful wing players under contract in Minnesota and Memphis.

The Celtics have made it fairly clear that Green is available.

Green averaged 16.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game this season.

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