Jeff Green is back with the Celtics, his agent confirmed over the weekend, and while deals can’t be officially signed until Wednesday, it’s for a reported $36 million over four years.
There are two main takeaways from the deal. First, That’s a lot of money for a player without a natural position, especially one coming off surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm. Second, Green’s deal means that he is officially part of the core, and while the focus has been on bringing the band together, the Celtics actually have managed to get a bit younger this offseason.
This is an important move for team president Danny Ainge, who has invested much time and energy in the forward. He was with Green throughout the medical process last winter, an effort that played a significant factor in the new deal, agent David Falk said.
“The Celtics have developed a very special bond between Jeff and the team,” Falk said. “This is where he wanted to be. There was a high level of good will.”
Green and the Celtics are confident that he will be able to continue his career with no further complications and before we get to the actual basketball implications, take a moment to remember the anxiety that existed last winter when his heart condition was detected. His career is back on track and that’s an exceptional development in his young life.
The trade that brought Green to Boston was jarring for everyone involved, from Kendrick Perkins to Nenad Krstic, but few have been affected as much as Green. He went from getting consistent minutes on a young team to an undefined role on a veteran crew.
Green was around the team for most of last season, even going so far as it sit on the bench for one game. While there is much to be worked out on the court, Green is no longer in unfamiliar territory. That’s all to the good, but on the court there are question about how coach Doc Rivers will use the versatile forward and whether he’s worth the kind of big-money, long-term deal. (more…)