Well this is interesting.
ESPN sources say New Orleans is poised to join Memphis/Boston deal for Jeff Green ... with Austin Rivers going to Celts— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 10, 2015
As deal currently stands, I'm told Boston receives both Austin Rivers & Tayshaun Prince ... with Jeff Green winding up in Memphis as planned— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 10, 2015
Remains to be seen if deal is pushed through today or if it waits until league office opens Monday. But the three teams have agreed to terms— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 10, 2015
At first I was nervous because I didn't see the future 1st in Marc's tweets, but then he clarified with this one.
Trade as constructed: Grizz poised to get Jeff Green; Celts to get Tay Prince, Austin Rivers and future first; Pels to get Quincy Pondexter— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 10, 2015
So we do get the future 1st rounder. He just get Rivers instead of Salmons, which is a nice little upgrade.
The Grizzlies have long targeted Green -- and felt they were close to acquiring him last season as part of the trade that brought Courtney Lee to Memphis -- but needed a third team involved to shed more salary in this transaction to avoid luxury-tax complications. So they turned to the Pelicans, who have long been interested in Pondexter.
Sean Grande points out that Danny has long been a Rivers fan. He also points out...
Celtics at Doc Rivers' Clippers, a week from Monday, January 19. Just saying.— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) January 10, 2015
I guess we'll have more Doc Rivers stories in the coming days and years.
Austin Rivers is a restricted free agent at the end of this year, so we'll have a good look at him before needing to make a decision on his future.
Austin Rivers shot chart: real chilly pic.twitter.com/8R3rXhozuE— Jay King (@ByJayKing) January 10, 2015
Maybe a change of scenery will do him some good.