RUMORS: Jayson Tatum could get more help in the form of former Celtics leading scorer
Boston Celtics main man Jayson Tatum is still busy trying to help Team USA win the coveted gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics. But when he returns home to Beantown, he might see a new face in practice.
Well, not really new. According to reports, the Celtics are highly interested in bringing back a versatile big man who can help them get over the hump. After all, he’s been to numerous battles in the NBA Playoffs, plus, he’s already familiar with the organization, having led the Celtics in scoring once.
No, sorry, it’s not Isaiah Thomas. It’s Jeff Green.
Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe reported that a Green and Celtics reunion might be on the horizon.
“According to a league source, the Celtics prefer to pursue a player with extensive experience and are focused on adding size and shooting, and forward Jeff Green is believed to be a primary target.
It’s worth noting that the 34-year-old Green played for the Brooklyn Nets last season, where new Celtics coach Ime Udoka served as deputy tactician to Steve Nash. So that sounds good for the Green Gang.
Green, who was originally drafted by the Celtics as the fifth overall pick in 2008 before being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, eventually suited up for Beantown from 2011 to 2015. He led the squad in scoring in the 2012-2013 season with a career-best 16.9 points per game.
Green also played one season under then-coach Brad Stevens, who’s now the big boss. Green’s history with the team could be a significant factor in his offseason decisions.