Now that the Indiana Pacers have likely lost swingman Paul George for the season following his devastating injury on Friday night, they will be looking for a replacement. The Pacers have been connected to MarShon Brooks and Gary Forbes but there has also been speculation they could deal for a replacement and the Boston Celtics would love to rid themselves of Jeff Green.
Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors thinks Green would help the Celtics but doesn’t believe the Pacers have the assets to get a deal done.
That’s an interesting idea, JR. I think the primary motivation for Boston to do such a deal would involve the acquisition of first-round picks, though, and Boston already has plenty of picks. They wouldn’t mind more, but that might not be enough to tempt the C’s at this point, especially considering that the Celtics would have to accept salary back in the deal, given Indy’s constraints against the luxury tax.
Green averaged 16.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists while shooting 41.2% from the field, 34.1% from beyond the arc and 79.5% from the free throw line for the Celtics last season. Green was originally selected by the Celtics with the fifth-overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft but was dealt to the Seattle Supersonics in the Ray Allen deal. He was traded to the Celtics for center Kendrick Perkins in 2011. He has averaged 14.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists while shooting 44.1% from the floor, 34.4% from three and 78.3% from the charity stripe.
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