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Jeff Green: Joining Celtics was a tough situation

Once again, unrestricted free agent Jeff Green [1] explained the difficulty he experienced trying to integrate himself into the Celtics [2]‘ offensive and defensive schemes after the Kendrick Perkins [3] trade. NBA.com’s David Aldridge discussed the issue [4] with him earlier this month, and Yahoo! Sports reporter Marc J. Spears also pressed Green [5] on his statistical drop-off after leaving the Thunder. Here’s what Green told Spears:

Green doesn’t ever really say anything about remaining with the Celtics (although he admits his stint with Boston’s Big Three was “amazing”). The C’s have already extended a $5.9 million qualifying offer to Green. Another team would have to offer Green more, and even then the C’s could still match any such offer.

As I’ve noted before, the Celtics would be crazy to let Green go elsewhere, considering his future on the team is the only possible way the team can save face from the Perkins deal — especially since center Nenad Krstic [6] has already signed a two-year deal in Russia.