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Now what for the Boston Celtics? It’s not a pretty picture.

Dec 17, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

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What really matters in all of this is that Jeff Green will be fine and next season will return to the NBA. That is what is important.

But Green being out for the entire NBA season following heart surgery leaves the Boston Celtics in a bind. Green was key to their chances this season — he was the sixth man, the energy off the bench, the guy who was going to pick up the scoring, play hard defense (which was a concern) and let Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett get some rest in a condensed season that is going to be hard on older legs (at 6’8” Green could play either forward spot).

The key bench players currently on the Celtics roster are Keyon Dooling, Marquis Daniels, Sasha Pavlovic, Brandon Bass and Chris Wilcox. That’s not going to cut it.

But Boston is going to have a tough time brining in quality at this point, according to A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com.

Because the C’s are well over the league salary cap of about $58 million, the only thing they can offer free agents is a veteran minimum contract.

And the market, as one NBA executive told CSNNE.com on Saturday, is “extremely thin….”

Some of the possibilities for the C’s include former Celtic James Posey, Al Thornton and DeShawn Stevenson.

However, some if not all of them may bet larger money offers elsewhere.

Boston is mostly going to have to make due with the guys on the roster, which means Bass, Pavlovic and Daniels are going to have to have big years if the Celtics are to get anywhere near their goals.

We knew reaching those goals would be tough for Boston and that injuries would play a factor. We just didn’t expect Green to be the one that is out.

  1. 00maltliquor - Dec 17, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    C’s bought a 9 million dollar lemon.

    • mornelithe - Dec 17, 2011 at 4:20 PM

      Contract was nullified because Green didn’t pass the physical.

    • goforthanddie - Dec 17, 2011 at 4:28 PM

      They didn’t buy anything. He failed his physical, contract void.

  2. meatloaf025 - Dec 17, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    I think they should approach the wolves for Anthony Randolph

  3. salbutara - Dec 17, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    I recently spoke w/ a former Celtic who is in great shape. He wants to help out at center. His name is Brad Lohaus. Book it!

  4. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 17, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Na Na Na Na,
    Na Na Na Na,
    Hey Hey
    Goodbye

  5. goforthanddie - Dec 17, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Concede the season and see what you can get for the Big 3. No bench, the geezers will be worn down halfway through the season, a big beautiful draft class coming up…They need to be replaced eventually. The season’s already a joke. Jumpstart the rebuilding process.

  6. BurkieInBoston - Dec 17, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    I wasn’t impressed w/bench even w/a healthy Green. Sasha Pavlovic? Chris Wilcox? How do these names inspire confidence?

  7. 973yenots - Dec 17, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Boston and Laker fans brace yourselfs! A new era is bout to begin!

    • 973yenots - Dec 17, 2011 at 7:04 PM

      Heat, Bulls, Knicks, thunder,and clippers are on the rise! Beware!

      • mytthor - Dec 17, 2011 at 8:05 PM

        The Knicks are AT LEAST 1 year away. As of this offseason, they’ve lost their starting PG and gotten a starting C. Probably an upgrade, but definitely need something to happen in the backcourt to compete. The day Landry Fields and Mike Bibby is a championship contending backcourt is the day I sign with the Lakers.

  8. Kansachusetts - Dec 17, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    All sympathy to Green and his family, and here’s hoping that he returns and has a great career.

    But Green was never impressive last year. If anything, Marquis Daniels was more impressive before he got hurt. So all the Celts have lost this year is Green’s so-far-unfulfilled potential. Last year they lost Perkins, and that’s still the problem. You don’t go to war with J. O’Neal because he’s going to break down sooner rather than later.

    The Boston Globe speculated that the league might let the Celtics pay the same price for another player as they would have had to pay Green. I would think $9 million would get you more than James Posey, who was old two years ago. Is there really no one else out there?

  9. bospat - Dec 18, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    Should have kept perk and big baby…it all ended in Gm 7 2010 anyway…

  10. damp1015 - Dec 18, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Celtics….slowing fading away….just like the Fakers………Kobe is aging and will be fading into the chronic ailments of old age…

  11. deenice810 - Dec 18, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    If you listen closely that sound you hear is Father Time creeping up on the Celtics.
    The old heads will barely make the playoffs this year.

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