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Boston Celtics ink Jeff Green to 1-year deal

Posted on: December 10, 2011 5:54 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2011 7:04 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliverjeff-green

Jeff Green is back in green.

The Boston Celtics announced on Saturday that they have inked their restricted free agent forward to a 1-year deal. ESPN.com reports that the deal will pay Green $9 million for the 2011-2012 season.

Green, 25, was tendered a qualifying offer for just under $6 million last summer after joining the Celtics thanks to a midseason trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Something of a combo forward, Green averaged 13.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game last season as he admittedly struggled to adjust to life in Boston.

The 1-year deal for good money is an interesting strategy by the Celtics. The team has said it values Green but the organization is approaching a major transition as veterans Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen continue to age. Garnett and Allen both have expiring contracts that come off the books after this year, leaving Pierce and point guard Rajon Rondo as the two obvious building blocks, barring a franchise-altering trade. Boston pays a premium on the deal -- plus luxury tax, as noted by ESPN.com -- to ensure future flexibility.

The Celtics have reportedly been aggressive in the trade market, looking to add point guard Chris Paul and other big-time players, while shipping Glen Davis to Orlando for Brandon Bass and reportedly constructing a sign-and-trade deal involving that will land them David West.

Re-signing Green potentially creates a bit of a logjam with Garnett, West, Green and Bass, although Green can easily slide to a wing position and Garnett can play some smallball center. The size and brevity of Green's contract makes him an attractive trade asset, as he can step in and start on most teams, won't break the bank or swallow cap space long-term and could be used to help match salaries in a future deal. 

Green makes out pretty well here too. He potentially gets a 1-year shot at redemption for a big-name club that is expected to have big-time money next summer to commit to him. Between now and then, he gets significantly more than just a qualifying offer, something no restricted free agent with his future in limbo would ever complain about.

Given the volume of chatter around the Celtics in recent days and the potential for major roster overlap it's quite possible more deals are coming down the pipeline.
Comments

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:09 pm
 

Boston Celtics ink Jeff Green to 1-year deal

Steep price? In my opinion yes but everyone is coming with a steep price. So many mediocre players have signed 4 or 5 year 30 to 50 million dollar contracts. 9 million- one year. That is about right considering Green is accepting only a one year contract. For sure he could land a 5 year 35 million contract, probably more.



Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:08 pm
 

Boston Celtics ink Jeff Green to 1-year deal

9 million? Are you kidding me? This is a average player with upside, then again, doesn't everyone have an upside. Am I the only one who thinks that this is a steep price for this guy?



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:49 am
 

Boston Celtics ink Jeff Green to 1-year deal

Smart move. He's a very talented player and a very well-liked guy. Watched him closely as a Sonics/Thunder fan. That's just a tough situation for him to adjust to in Boston, with such an intense media circus and intense group of veterans to fit in with. He'll be better this year. Also, the Cs look to be assembling a team that allows them to sit Allen and Garnett for several-game stretches in this bizarre regular season with so many games crammed together (dont' they have 7 games in 9 days at one point?). Article is right, that's also a great trade-chip type contract. Who knows, there's lots of guys being shopped now, what if the Cs landed a Gasol or something like him as another team shoots for Paul or Howard?



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 7:34 pm
 

Boston Celtics ink Jeff Green to 1-year deal

Another good move by the Celts. No long term commitment but a year to see how Green fits or a great trade chip.


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