HoopsHype Jeff Green rumors

January 10, 2015 Updates

The Pelicans agreed to trade guard to the Boston Celtics on Saturday as part of a three-team deal, which includes acquiring small forward Quincy Pondexter from the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources confirmed. The deal also involves the Celtics sending forward Jeff Green to the Grizzlies in exchange for forward Tayshaun Prince and his expiring $7.7 million contract. Rivers was drafted by the Pelicans as the 10th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, but he struggled to meet expectations during his 2 1/2 seasons in New Orleans. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Sources told ESPN.com that the Pelicans have been recruited to join the trade struck Friday by the Celtics and Grizzlies by sending Rivers to Boston and taking on guard Quincy Pondexter from the Grizzlies. On Friday, as ESPN.com first reported, Boston and Memphis came to terms on the larger elements of a deal, with the Celtics agreeing to send Green to the Grizzlies for Tayshaun Prince's $7.7 million expiring contract and a future first-round pick. ESPN.com

Marc Stein: 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 Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

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' John Salmons and a future Memphis first-round pick to the Celtics, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

Memphis would send forward Quincy Pondexter to the Pelicans and New Orleans would send Russ Smith to the Grizzlies in the proposed deal, sources said. Boston and Memphis believe they can complete the Green trade without New Orleans, but the Grizzlies want to move Pondexter before Green and his $9.2 million salary joins Memphis, sources said. Memphis is still discussing other deals for Pondexter around the NBA, but the focus on Friday night had been completing the trade with New Orleans, sources told Yahoo. Yahoo! Sports

Players typically have hours, sometimes even days, to digest a trade before they are forced to play a game. The Celtics had more than 24 hours to adjust after the team traded Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks. On Friday, they barely had 24 minutes. “It was shocking because I think (CSNNE reporter Abby Chin) told me,” Evan Turner said after the game. “That’s never happened in my career, that somebody’s traded before the game.” NBA.com

January 9, 2015 Updates

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