Brad Stevens bids farewell to Jeff Green

Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens has learned quickly the business side of the NBA.

After losing his All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo last month, Stevens' squad was dealt another blow when their leading scorer, Jeff Green was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.

While trying to answer so many questions about the future of his team, Stevens took some time to discuss the loss of Green and what he meant to the second year coach.

Stevens praised Green's time in Boston: Via Mass Live's Jay King

“First and foremost, I’m thankful for Jeff and his efforts here," Stevens said before Monday night's 108-100 win against the New Orleans Pelicans. "He had a lot of great moments since I’ve been coaching in the last year and a half, and certainly before that. I talked with him obviously Friday, texted on Saturday, talked (Sunday). He’s really thankful to this city, to the fans of this city, and he’s certainly looking forward to his opportunity there. But we’re thankful for what he gave to this organization.

"And so any time you lose your leading scorer, there’s going to be challenges that come with that. Losing him three weeks after losing your multiple-time All-Star point guard (Rajon Rondo), there’s going to be challenges that come with that. But that’s why you prepare everybody to play, and that’s why everybody has this talk about next man up, and you try to do the very best you can.”

Stevens is certainly saying all the right things when it comes to the future of his team. The coach now has to figure out who can fill Green's shoes as the team's most versatile scoring threat.

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