With the NBA trade deadline coming up, rumors are starting to swirl all around the league. One such rumor that has been heating up lately relates to the Atlanta Hawks and the possibility of trading for Jeff Green of the Boston Celtics. Well, I’m here to tell you that if the Hawks choose to do so then this will be the worst decision of GM Danny Ferry‘s career with the team.
Ferry has made some incredible moves in his short time with the team so far. He traded away the awful contracts of players such as Joe Johnson to the Brooklyn Nets and Marvin Williams to the Utah Jazz. He also re-signed Al Horford to a long-term contract and decided to keep Jeff Teague this offseason to help establish a young core of players. Then, to top it all off, he brought in Paul Millsap who was selected as an All-Star in his first season with the team.
However, despite all the smart moves by Ferry, one bad mistake can cost the Hawks now and in the future. If Atlanta decides to make a trade with the Celtics for Green, go ahead and count out any chances of the Hawks succeeding in the playoffs this year and in the future. No disrespect to Green, who is a good player in his own right, but he’s not the addition that the team needs in order to be successful going forward.
With Boston this season, he’s averaging 16.4 points per game to lead the team in that category and 4.8 rebounds. That seems impressive until you realize the team he’s on and the money he makes. The Celtics are one of the worst teams in the league as evidenced by their 19-35 record in a weak Eastern Conference. Whenever your leading scorer doesn’t make an impact in terms of wins or losses, this tells me Green is ineffective and can’t take a team on his back like Millsap can for the Hawks right now.
Also, when you consider the fact that he is due $9.2 million next season and Atlanta would need to give up DeMarre Carroll in the deal this makes a trade for the 27-year-old look lopsided. Carroll is averaging 10.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game with the Hawks this year, and he’s only owed $2.4 million next season. That’s a major difference in terms of price for almost the same kind of production that Green would provide if he were to wear an Atlanta uniform.