Celtics trade Fab Melo to Grizzlies

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The Boston Celtics traded former first-round pick Fab Melo and cash to the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday for the nonguranteed contract of Donte Green.

Greene, a 6-foot-11 forward, is set to make $1 million this season, while the 23-year-old Melo was on the Celtics’ books for a guaranteed $1,311,240.

Melo was in the second year of his rookie contract after the Celtics selected him with the 22nd overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

In moving Melo after just one season, the Celtics will now have the option to dip below the luxury tax line for the year, which is set at $71.748 million.  If Boston decides to waive Green, they will drop to $71,503,605 in total salary.

From the Boston Celtics team website:

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have acquired forward Donte Greene from Memphis in exchange for center Fab Melo and cash considerations.

Greene, a 6’11” forward, has appeared in 253 games in his five year career averaging 6.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in 16.8 minutes per game. He signed with the Memphis Grizzlies on April 17, 2013 but did not appear in any games for the Grizzlies during the 2012-13 season or the 2013 postseason. He was originally drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies with the 28th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft out of Syracuse but spent the first four seasons of his NBA career with the Sacramento Kings.

Melo, a 7’0” center, appeared in six games for the Celtics this past season averaging 1.2 points and 0.5 rebounds in 6.0 minutes per game. He also appeared in 33 games for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League and averaged 9.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and a league-high 3.1 blocks in 26.2 minutes per game. Melo was named to the D-League All-Defensive First Team and D-League All-Rookie First Team for his play during the 2012-13 season.

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