Jeff Green has been a bright spot for the 10-18 Celtics, writes A. Sherrod Blakely of CSSNE.com. Earlier in the week, Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors looked at Green as a trade candidate. Myron notes that there are no shortage of teams looking for a wing player and he looks at what it may take to make Los Angeles a potential destination for the 28-year-old small forward. Green is having one of his best seasons as a pro, averaging 18.9 points per game while playing 33.6 minutes per game.
Here’s more from Boston:
- The trade of Rajon Rondo would seem to open up playing time for Marcus Smart, but the erratic play of the rookie guard has not led him to see much more court time, writes Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com. The depth at the point guard position has made it a little too easy for coach Brad Stevens to call on other players in Smart’s place like new addition Jameer Nelson and second-year guard Phil Pressey. Forsberg notes that in the five games since Rondo was traded away, Smart is averaging 4.4 PPG in 23.4 MPG.
- The Celtics should do their homework on Brook Lopez of the Nets, opines Chris Mannix of SI.com. Although the Celtics have created a logjam in the front court after their acquisition of Brandan Wright, no player on the team has the upside of Lopez. The Nets have made the 26-year-old center available as he makes his return to the court from a back injury that caused him to take a reduced role in recent games. The Celtics and Nets reportedly discussed Lopez prior to the Rajon Rondo trade.
- Power forward Jared Sullinger believes the Celtics need to play with a different mindset, writes Blakely in a separate piece. “Teams are just coming out smashing us in the mouth,” Sullinger said. “We just have to be prepared for that. People feel like we’re sweet, we’re soft. We just have to play tougher.” The third-year big man has seven double-doubles on the season, tops on the team after the departure of Rondo, who had nine.