Report: Grizzlies interested in Deng, Green for possible trade

Thursday January 8th, 2015

The Memphis Grizzlies are looking to make moves before next month’s trading deadline and are considering Miami Heat forward Luol Deng and Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green, reports’s Marc Stein.

The NBA’s trading deadline is Feb. 19. 

According to the report, Memphis is looking to increase its scoring on the wing, but no deals are imminent at this time. If any deal is struck, Memphis would likely include forward Tayshaun Prince's $7.7 million expiring contract and draft picks.

Deng is in his first season with the Heat after signing a two-year, $19.9 million contract in the offseason. He is averaging 14.3 points and 4.8 points in 33 games this season for the Heat (15-20).

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Green will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2015-16 season. He is making $9.2 million this season, the third of a four-year, $35.2 million deal he signed in 2012.

He denied rumors earlier in the season that said that he wanted to be traded. Green leads the Celtics in scoring, averaging 17.6 points, to go along with 4.3 rebounds for Boston, which is 12-21, but only two games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. 

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