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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

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

Instead, the trade, which must wait until the opening of league offices on Monday to be approved, is expected to bring the Celtics a future first round pick and Memphis forward Tayshaun Prince, whose $7.3 million contract is expiring. "This deal is a continuously changing thing," said the source. "More names could still be added to it before it's over." Boston Herald

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

 

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