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Jeff Green: ‘I’m happy for’ Doc Rivers

While admitting he returned to Boston in hopes of playing four years under coach Doc Rivers [1], Celtics [2] forward Jeff Green [3] told ESPN.com [4], “I can’€™t speak for the other guys, but I’€™m not angry at all. I’€™m happy for him.”

Green first met Doc while teammates with the coach’s eldest son Jeremiah Rivers at Georgetown University. Green reportedly feels “absolutely no animosity,” but the 26-year-old understands if his teammates harbor ill will after the Celtics released Rivers from the three years and $21 million left on his contract in exchange for a first-round NBA draft pick from the Clippers.

Rivers is reportedly still in the process of reaching terms [5] on a similar deal with Los Angeles. Green knows the NBA business well, having been a pawn in the C’s Kendrick Perkins [6] trade to the Thunder two years ago.

‘€œThe main reason I came back to Boston was because of Doc, but I understand things change,” Green added. “Not everything goes as planned. We had injuries, and some other things, that altered our team. You can’€™t predict the future. I really enjoyed playing for Doc. We have a great relationship. I’€™m sure some people will feel betrayed, but we all have to do what is best for us and our families. Whenever there’€™s a trade or a coach leaves, there’€™s always emotion. But then after a while we all move on and say, ‘€˜What’€™s next?'”