NBA Trade Rumors: Jeff Green heading to the Cleveland Cavaliers?

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Trade talks continue to swirl surrounding Houston Rockets center Omer Asik. The Rockets have put in place a deadline of December 19th for teams to submit offers for the disgruntled center before they decide on a deal to send him out of town. Now, ESPN's Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst are reporting that the Cavaliers may be involved in a three team trade with the Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics that would see Jeff Green become a Cavalier.

Here's what they have to say:

One possible scenario that has emerged, sources say, is a three-way trade in which Boston lands Asik, Cleveland absorbs the contract of Celtics forward Jeff Green and Houston scores no fewer than one of the future first-round picks it covets for surrendering Asik. Other players would have to be involved in such a trade to make the salary-cap math work, but it's the sort of trade that would fall in line with Cleveland's well-known focus on upgrading its options at small forward.

My initial thought would be that Anderson Varejao would be included in this trade and shipped to Houston. But it sounds like that isn't the case from everything I've read, but the details currently are sketchy at best. If Varejao isn't included we will still need to ship out around 6 million in contracts along with, probably, a first round pick in order to make the deal work.

Jeff Green is currently having one of his best seasons for the Celtics. He's averaging 16.5 points on 45.3 percent shooting from the floor and 40.6 percent from deep to go along with 4.5 rebounds. Jeff Green is also a very versatile defender and would prove to be a massive upgrade at the small forward position for the Cavaliers.

Jeff Green does have a sizable contract. But if he keeps producing at this level it isn't exactly the end of the world if the Cavaliers were to acquire him. His contract details are as follows:

2013-14: $8,965,000

2014-15: $9,445,000

2015-16 : $9,445,000 {Player Option}

We will have more details as news continues to break.

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