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Report: Celtics GM Ainge wants first-rounders for Green, Bradley

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Jeff Green is available on the trade market according to reports. (USATSI)
Jeff Green is available on the trade market according to reports. (USATSI)

On Boston sports radio Wednesday, SI.com reported that Celtics GM Danny Ainge wants a king's ransom for his players in trade offers, including asking for first-round picks in exchange for Jeff Green and Avery Bradley. From WEEI:

"I've had conversations with a couple of different general managers last night, and we talked a little bit about Boston and what they were trying to do at the trade deadline, and the sense I got from them was that Boston is totally overvaluing some of the players they have. They're looking for first-round picks in return for guys like Jeff Green or a guy like Avery Bradley and others and they're just not going to get it.”

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That's... probably not going to happen. First-round picks are not only at a premium due to the high amount of talent in this year's class compared to most, but they're scarce, since many teams already dealt theirs or immediate upgrades. The Pelicans, Pacers, Timberwolves are among the teams who have moved their picks.

Meanwhile, Bradley has suffered with injury issues and seen his shooting percentages drop back down towards his previous averages and Green remains a frustrating player on account of his inconsistency. It's hard to imagine the Celtics getting a first for any player or combination of players outside of Rajon Rondo. But then, weirder things have happened before and it only takes one team with a sense of desperation or extra picks (like Phoenix) to make that a reality.

 
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