The Boston Celtics and Memphis Grizzlies made a minor deal on Aug. 15. The Celtics sent underperforming 7-0 center Fab Melo and cash considerations to the Grizzlies for former first round draft pick Donte Greene.
Melo, the 22 overall selection of the 2012 draft, struggled during his rookie season and in the 2013 Orlando Summer Leagues. He appeared in just six games with the Celtics during the 2012-13 season averaging 1.5 points a game.
Melo showed signs of promise during the Orlando Summer blocking shots but that was about all. He has a nice face up game on the offensive end but was out of shape and still looked a little lost on defensive rotations.
Melo averaged just 6.2 points and 3.5 rebounds a game during the Orlando Summer League.
The 24-year old Greene was selected with the 28th pick in the first round of the 2008 by the Grizzlies. He has played four seasons in the NBA, all with the Sacramento Kings. Greene signed with Memphis on April 17, 2013, but did not appear in a game. He also played in Puerto Rico last year.
Greene a long, athletic forward is a scorer with excellent range on his jump shot. He averages 6.1 points and 2.4 rebounds for his career.
This deal was a money deal more than anything, especially for the Celtics.
Greene is set to earn $1 million this season though his contract is nonguaranteed while Melo has three guaranteed years left on his deal. If Boston doesn't envision a spot for the Greene on its roster, the team could waive the 6-11 forward and dip below the luxury tax line. Boston is currently roughly $0.7 million over the $71.8 luxury tax.
Boston has 14 players with guaranteed contracts for the upcoming season and has a logjam at the forward positions. Jeff Green and Gerald Wallace are one and two at small forward while Brandon Bass, Jared Sullinger and Kris Humphries are in front of Greene at power forward.
Melo will probably spend most of the season in the D-League with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants though it is possible he could find a spot with the Grizzlies as Memphis only has Marc Gasol, the reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year, and the recently acquired Kosta Koufos at center.