Austin Rivers partial of Jeff Green deal

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The New Orleans Pelicans have concluded to send former lottery collect Austin Rivers to a Boston Celtics to assistance finish a Celtics’ appearing Jeff Green trade with Memphis, according to joining sources.

Sources told ESPN.com that a Pelicans have been recruited to join a trade struck Friday by a Celtics and Grizzlies by promulgation Rivers to Boston and holding on ensure Quincy Pondexter from a Grizzlies.

On Friday, as ESPN.com initial reported, Boston and Memphis came to terms on a incomparable elements of a deal, with a Celtics similar to send Green to a Grizzlies for Tayshaun Prince’s $7.7 million failing agreement and a destiny first-round pick.

The Grizzlies have prolonged targeted Green — and felt they were tighten to appropriation him final deteriorate as partial of a trade that brought Courtney Lee to Memphis — though indispensable a third group concerned to strew some-more income in this transaction to equivocate luxury-tax complications. So they incited to a Pelicans, who have prolonged been meddlesome in Pondexter.

It stays to be seen either a teams can pull a understanding by Saturday, as hoped, or if they’ll have to wait until Monday, when a joining bureau re-opens.

Rivers, son of former Celtics manager Doc Rivers, was a 10th altogether collect in a 2012 draft.

The Celtics were bustling on a trade front before a deteriorate even started and have usually ramped that adult in new weeks. On Friday they also shipped newly acquired center Brandan Wright to a Phoenix Suns, some 3 weeks after alighting Wright from Dallas as partial of a Rajon Rondo trade.

In full reconstruct mode in a arise of final month’s Rondo deal, Boston acquired another destiny first-round collect from Phoenix (via Minnesota) for Wright and also combined a trade difference value $5 million in a routine by promulgation out Wright’s $5 million agreement while holding behind no salary.

Green was scheduled to start for Boston during Indiana on Friday night though did not take a building with his teammates and was eventually pulled from a starting lineup and transposed by Jae Crowder. He did not join a group on a bench.

Celtics manager Brad Stevens wouldn’t residence a reports about Green’s destiny after Friday night’s detriment to a Pacers, though did offer: “I can tell we [Green] won’t be with us this weekend.”

Prince, meanwhile, was sensitive of a appearing trade by Memphis officials before a Grizzlies played in New Orleans on Friday though still wound adult personification 25 mins and scored 6 points in Memphis’ 106-95 loss. Prince and Pondexter further both used Saturday with a Grizzlies, though a Celtics have no emanate with Prince’s activity given they’re radically holding him behind for Green given he possesses an failing contract.

“Obviously, everybody was removing breeze of what was going on. … I’ve been in this joining for 13 years,” Prince said. “Ever given we sealed my initial understanding in Detroit, we was on a trade retard each year. You know what I’m saying? Ever given we sealed my understanding after that initial year, we was on a trade retard each year, so it’s partial of a business. And if that’s a case, afterwards so be it.”

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