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Celtics trade Fab Melo to Memphis for Donte Greene

Aug 15, 2013, 1:32 PM EDT

Fab Melo, Earl Clark AP

The Fab Melo era that never really got started in Boston is over.

The Celtics announced they have traded Melo and some cash to the Grizzlies for Donte Greene. CSNNE.com has confirmed this as well.

Why? This is a financial move for the Celtics — Melo was going to make $1.3 million this season, Greene is on a minimum contract that is not guaranteed and can be cut. If the Celtics move Greene they actually slide under the NBA’s luxury tax line, saving them some bucks.

What Memphis gets is a project big, which works as they have time to develop him as Marc Gasol is at the peak of his powers and they have Kosta Koufos behind him. There is Zach Randolph at the four with Ed Davis stepping up behind him at, plus Jon Leuer is on the roster as well.

Melo was raw coming out of Syracuse but he has a lot of athletic gifts and is a legit 7’0”, however he got in just six games for the Celtics last season and spent most of the season in the D-League developing his game (he was named to the D-League All-Defensive First Team and D-League All-Rookie First Team). The most notable thing he did as a rookie was get a concussion walking into a doorway.

Greene missed all of last season with a broken ankle. He had four okay seasons in Sacramento before that; it’s likely if/when the Celtics cut him somebody picks him up.

Boston is rebuilding, the fact that they would get rid of him to save a few bucks speaks to what they think his potential ceiling would be. Memphis will have some time to develop him and prove Boston wrong.

  1. money2long - Aug 15, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    ha..i liked that line : “…as Marc Gasol is at the peak of his powers”

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Brad Stevens already sent Fab a letter saying he’s always welcome to continue to be a part of the Celtics’ tradition and invited him to call his office if he ever wants to attend practices or home/away games.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      All the “thumbs ups” know I’m making fun of the Celtics right?

      • casualcommenter - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:47 PM

        Yes, but that joke is legit funny, whatever your loyalties are.

      • casualcommenter - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        Also, Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck has come out and said that Fab Melo “was never really a Celtic.”

      • southbeachtalent - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:50 PM

        yup

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:54 PM

        Okay good. They’re going to sit Melo in the DeClerq section. Or is it DeClerq in the Melo section?

  3. capsfan14 - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Can you say, best trade of the 2013 offseason?

  4. thegonz13 - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    “What Memphis gets is a project big”.

    Who wrote this, Yoda?

    • spursareold - Aug 16, 2013 at 8:23 AM

      Fail. Yoda would say”

      “A project big, Memphis gets. Mmmm”

  5. fiyeaglesfiy - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Cuse for Cuse

    • dondada10 - Aug 15, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      Would’ve been cool if it was a 3 team deal for Johnny Flynn.

  6. beach305 - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    sigh – I remember how Celtic fans were all pump on draft night that they got this guy.

    • dondada10 - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:17 PM

      I’m not a Celtic fan but I thought he was going to be good.

      I am, however, a Syracuse Alum who worked with the Men’s basketball team.

      • legend30 - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:49 PM

        Well, you clearly didn’t watch him enough.

  7. kjereld615 - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Wow couldn’t we have done this before we released Shav?

  8. 1historian - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Another move by DA.

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