Sources: Grizzlies eye Jeff Green

From ESPN.com's Marc Stein:

The Memphis Grizzlies, looking to bolster their scoring options on the wing in the ever-competitive Western Conference, are actively trying to obtain Miami's Luol Deng or Boston's Jeff Green ahead of the Feb. 19 trade deadline, according to league sources.

No deal is imminent, sources said, but it has become clear the Grizzlies are intent on upgrading their wing rotation. The teams behind third-place Memphis (25-10) in the Western Conference standings already have made notable in-season additions -- such as Dallas (Rajon Rondo) and Houston (Corey Brewer and Josh Smith) -- and Oklahoma City has yet to move into playoff position.

The Grizzlies are making an active push to bring in Luol Deng or Jeff Green to buoy their wing threats in the ultra-competitive West, according to sources.

[Green] is widely believed to be available leading into the deadline in the wake of Boston's deal to send Rondo to Dallas last month. However, Green told local reporters last week on the eve of Rondo's first game at TD Garden as a visiting player that he doesn't "want to know how that feels because I don't want to be traded."

Any Grizzlies offer for Deng or Green is likely to feature the $7.7 million expiring contract of Tayshaun Prince as well as the promise of future draft compensation.

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Any team seeking an upgrade at the wing position in advance of February's trade deadline will find the Celtics are willing to listen to offers for Green's services.

Green owns a $9.2 million player option for next season, but could opt to become a free agent in hopes of securing a more lucrative long-term contract. That essentially makes him an expiring contract, exactly the sort of addition a contender seeking a playoff boost would desire (though maybe limiting the potential return given the rental).

The Celtics already dealt away Rajon Rondo last month in a future-minded move that brought back a future first-round pick and some young talent that could be here (Jae Crowder) long term or moved for more assets (Brandan Wright?)

With an overcrowded roster, it's been widely speculated that Boston is willing to move some of its veteran talent with hopes of adding more assets. Keep in mind that Memphis already traded away its 2015 first-round pick, meaning a future first would be unlikely to be received until 2017 or later.

Some will wonder if the Celtics can pry 2014 first-round pick Jordan Adams -- a 20-year-old shooting guard who has played only 73 minutes in nine appearances this season -- but the Grizzlies might be more inclined to move future assets. Boston's return on Green is likely to be dictated by the interest from buyers in advance of the deadline.

The Celtics and Grizzlies made a swap nearly a year ago that sent Courtney Lee to Memphis and Lee blossomed there.

Green played some incredibly consistent ball at the start of this season, but has faded lately in the aftermath of the Rondo deal. For the season, Green is averaging 17.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.6 assists over 33.1 minutes per game. Those numbers since the Rondo trade have dipped to 13 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.8 assists over 31.2 minutes per game. Boston's offensive rating is an anemic 93.4 with Green on the court since the Rondo deal, the second worst mark on the team among regulars (only Brandon Bass has a worst rating in that span).

Green has said recently that he doesn't desire to be traded, but Boston clearly has reasons to explore a deal.

Moving Green could open valuable playing time for some of Boston's younger players, including Crowder and first-round pick James Young, who has spent much of the season trekking to the NBA Development League for game reps.