Dec 31, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics small forward Jeff Green (8) drives on Atlanta Hawks power forward Paul Millsap (4) during the fourth quarter of Atlanta

Report: Atlanta Hawks interested in Celtics' Jeff Green

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The Atlanta Hawks suffered a tough blow when Al Horford suffered a pectoral injury, and was out for the season. Before that, they had a real shot at a 50-win season, and were looking at a potential high seed in the Eastern Conference. Now, it seems as if every Hawks player has missed some time with injury, and they have done a valiant job with the hand they were dealt.

With all the injuries and bad luck, the Hawks have been involved in a lot of trade rumors, and as the deadline approaches, you can expect them to heat up. The first report comes from Mitch Lawerence of the New York Daily News, as he is reporting that Atlanta has their sights set on Jeff Green of the Boston Celtics:

 

 

The key here is what it will cost them. DeMarre Carroll has been a nice surprise this season, averaging a career-high 10.4 points, and 5.6 rebounds in 31.1 minutes per game. Green is a guy who has shown flashes of all-star caliber play, but can often disappear for long stretches of the season. He’s a good defender, but I’m not convinced he’d be a huge improvement over Carroll.

The Hawks will have the ability to spend some money in the upcoming future, so adding $9.2 million per year through 2016 would be unwise. Carroll is on a contract that expires next season, and is a steal at $2.4 million.

Take this rumor with a grain of salt, as rumors like this appear all over the news in the days leading up to the deadline. This is just something to keep an eye out for.

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