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Javonte Green is too intriguing for Danny Ainge to let him go

Javonte Green had what we might call a triple-quad in last night's 123-108 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. In 16 minutes of action, Green scored four points, grabbed four boards and handed out four assists. He was high-man off the bench in all three categories and tied with Semi Ojeleye for bench-high with one steal. He is a defensive-minded guard with sky-high athleticism that adds a lot of energy when he enters the game.


The 26-year-old rookie is signed for $0.9 million this season and a non-guaranteed $1.5 million for 2020-21. His height and frame (6'4", 205 pounds) allow him to play the small forward spot on occasion, and there is simply too much potential for the Celtics to allow him to walk away prior to next season.


When injuries strike the Celtics and Marcus Smart is needed in the starting unit - and particularly when Enes Kanter is also out, like last night - the Celtics bench is sorely lacking in firepower. Six subs put up a mere eight points last night, and Green scored half of them. He also accounted for two-thirds of the assists.

Javonte plays dedicated defense - is lightning-quick in transition - and injects energy every time he gets in the game. What's not to like. I don't see him being part of a mid-season trade, and right now, picking up his contract for next season seems like a done deal. He is too intriguing for Ainge to let him go.

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