Is Jeff Green Final Piece to Memphis Grizzlies’ Championship Puzzle?

January 10th, 2015 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »

Three years ago, Jeff Green underwent surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm in his heart. He missed the entirety of the 2011-12 NBA season that followed, but the operation saved his life, of which his basketball career was but a part.

Now, Green will have the opportunity to put his talents and energy to good use for the Memphis Grizzlies, as they attempt to keep pace in the ever-escalating Western Conference arms race.

According to's Marc Stein, the crux of the deal revolves around Memphis sending Tayshaun Prince and a first-round pick to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Green, who holds a $9.2 million player option on his contract for 2015-16. 

The deal will officially be submitted for league approval Monday, per Stein. 

Word first surfaced of this possibility earlier in the week, when Stein reported that Memphis had its sights set on Green and Miami's Luol Deng as upgrades for its shaky wing rotation. Per Stein, the Grizzlies' front office threw its weight behind Green once talks with the Heat regarding Deng's availability fell flat:

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