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Report: Hawks interested in trade for Jeff Green

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Could Jeff Green be headed to Atlanta? (USATSI)
Could Jeff Green be headed to Atlanta? (USATSI)

The New York Daily News reported Sunday that the Atlanta Hawks are interested in Celtics foward Jeff Green, and would have to include at least forward DeMarre Carroll in return..

This is a fascinating idea. GM Danny Ferry has signaled that he's reluctant to add long-term salary. Green has $18.4 million left over the next two seasons in Boston, with a player option for his last year at $9.2 million. Is that a big enough chunk to keep them away from a deal like this? Carroll is only on the books for $2.4 million next season. They have Elton Brand's expiring $5 million and Lou Williams only has one more season left at a little over $5 million.

Is Green enough of an upgrade to warrant long-term committment from Ferry without a superstar? I'll admit that a Teague-Green-Millsap-Horford core sounds great, but it's also not a title contender. The fact that Atlanta's even mentioned with Green at this point may signal that Ferry's looking to at least make a significant upgrade through trade rather than pursue pure salary space.

HT: Peach Tree Hoops, salary data courtesy of ShamSports.com

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