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January 11, 2015 Updates

The Memphis Grizzlies, on the brink of strengthening themselves for a deep run into the Western Conference playoffs, are working to finalize a three-team deal to acquire Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Memphis, Boston and New Orleans are in the advanced stages of a deal framework that would send the Grizzlies' Tayshaun Prince, New Orleans' Austin Rivers and a future Memphis first-round pick to the Celtics, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

The trade is expected to be official Monday when the NBA league office opens and Green is in Boston awaiting the official trade. According to an NBA source, the Celtics do not have interest in keeping Rivers, son of former coach Doc Rivers, and are looking for landing spots for the third-year guard. Boston Globe

Memphis would send forward Quincy Pondexter to the Pelicans and the Pelicans will move guard Russ Smith to the Grizzlies, sources said. The teams still have issues to work The trade can’t be made official until the league office reopens on Monday. The Pelicans had agreed to send John Salmons to the Celtics on Friday, but backed away and pushed to include Rivers in the trade instead, league souces said. Yahoo! Sports

Working late Friday and for a good portion of the day on Saturday, the Boston Celtics, Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Pelicans agreed on the framework of a four-player trade that will send forward Jeff Green from the Celtics to the Grizzlies, a person familiar with the deal told USA TODAY Sports. The Pelicans will send guard Austin Rivers to the Celtics, and Boston will also receive forward Tayshaun Prince and his expiring contract from the Grizzlies, who will trade guard-forward Quincy Pondexter to the Pelicans. USA Today Sports

Doc Rivers said he would be open to coaching his son, who has averaged 6.8 points and 2.5 assists this season for the Pelicans. "I think a year ago I probably wouldn't," Rivers said of being his son's coach, "but I think I would for sure. I think this team could handle that. He's a downhill guard, which is something we need, so I certainly would." Los Angeles Times

January 10, 2015 Updates

Adrian Wojnarowski: Celtics and Clippers discussing a deal for Austin Rivers, league sources tell Yahoo, but Boston doesn't want salary back next season. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

Adrian Wojnarowski: Celtics willing to move A. Rivers for 2nd-round pick. For Clippers, it's free look at 10th overall pick -- who'd only be college senior now. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

Though Austin Rivers, son of Clippers coach Doc Rivers, was listed as part of the deal in an ESPN report, a league source said that it's unlikely the struggling guard is heading to his father's former team. "The bottom line is that the Celtics don't need another guard," the source said while acknowledging that Rivers has been added to the mix, it's not with the Celtics as a destination. Boston Herald

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