Grizzlies acquire Jeff Green in three-team NBA trade

Agence France-Presse
Grizzlies acquire Jeff Green in three-team NBA trade
Wing scorer Jeff Green adds firepower to Western Conference power Memphis Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, USA – Jeff Green and Russ Smith are headed to the Memphis Grizzlies in a three-team NBA trade that was in the works for days before it was confirmed on Monday, January 12 (Tuesday in PH).

Memphis acquired forward Green from the Boston Celtics and guard Smith from the New Orleans Pelicans in the swap, while the Celtics pick up forward Tayshaun Prince and a future first-round draft selection from Memphis and guard Austin Rivers from New Orleans.


The Pelicans acquired forward Quincy Pondexter and a future second-round draft pick from the Grizzlies.

Green averaged a career-high 17.6 points to go with 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 33 starts with Boston this season.

The 28-year-old Georgetown product has averaged 14.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 511 games (395 starts) with Seattle/Oklahoma City and Boston.


Smith played in just 6 games for New Orleans this season. Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft, Smith was traded to New Orleans on draft night for Pierre Jackson. 

Prince averaged 7.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 26 games with Memphis this season. The 34-year-old veteran holds career averages of 11.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists over 908 games (851 starts) for the Pistons and Grizzlies.

Rivers appeared in 35 games for the Pelicans this season, averaging 6.8 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists. He was selected as the 10th overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft by New Orleans.

Pondexter averaged 4.5 points and 1.9 rebounds in 30 games with Memphis this season. –

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