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Report: Celtics near 4-year, $40 million to sign Jeff Green

Jul 6, 2012, 12:49 PM EDT

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There was really not much question that once he recovered Jeff Green would return to the Celtics. Other teams were interested but all things being equal he wanted to be back in Boston, a team that kept him around after he was diagnosed with a heart problem that necessitated surgery and cost him all of last season.

The question was money. Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated reports he’s going to get a lot of it. Too much if you ask me.

“I’m confident it’ll get done,” (Green’s agent David) Falk told SI.com of Green’s deal. “I guess (Boston) got (Brandon) Bass’ (contract) done, which is great. Jeff is trying to get a sense of what the team looks like first before he makes a commitment, but I expect he’ll be there and I expect it’ll be done by the 11th (when the free agency moratorium ends and deals can be formalized)….”

A source with knowledge of the talks said Green’s deal may be “in the neighborhood” of four years for $40 million, though the two sides are continuing talks.

That’s a lot of money for the young swingman and a gamble on Green’s game maturing. Green scored 15.1 points per game his last full season in in Oklahoma City but needed 13 shots to do it — he’s not very efficient. He’s a career 33.7 percent from three. He’s got all kinds of defensive potential but tends to not bring the effort on that end of the floor. He’s never had a PER above 14 (and the league average is 15). There are reasons the Thunder were willing to part with him. In his half a season with Boston he averaged 9.8 points per game but took 7.8 shots a game and hit 29 percent from three.

Green has the potential, the athleticism to live up to that contract, he is a good player who shows you flashes but needs his game to mature. If he does, this could be a good deal for the Celtics. But four years is a bit of a risk.

  1. ch8878 - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    They way over paid on this one I would have let him walked.

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    And yet another guy who will take minutes away from Ray Allen. (4 years at $40 million? Really?)

    Come on Ray, make the announcement. You know you want to. Set the presser for 4pm today. Dinner at Prime Italian tonight.

    • andyhr17 - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      Seeing how they play different positions and their games are nowhere near similar, this really has no impact on Ray Allen’s position/minutes played.

      But hey, keep telling yourself this makes him go to Miami. He may very well end up there. I’d say there’s a better chance he stays where he’s comfortable, but no one knows that except him.

      • aboogy123456 - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:08 PM

        If Ray was going to boston he would’ve already signed by now. I don’t think the celtics need ray allen, he’s not as good as terry or avery bradley. It helps the celtics more to just not have him on the heat, where he can actually fit in shooting threes.

      • andyhr17 - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:27 PM

        What makes you think he would have signed by now? Does the guy not get more than one day to decide where he’s going to finish his career?

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:49 PM

        Won without him. Won against him. Heat will be fine either way. He doesn’t pay the D or rebound like we need.

        But he can shoot better than anyone we have. He’s a great guy to have on the team. His mom will get along great with Jolinda and Gloria. And who doesn’t want to cheer for Jesus Shuttlesworth?

    • andyoursistertoo - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      Sorry heat fan Jeff green plays small forward not shooting guard. I know most heat fans are new to basketball, so we’re very understanding that most if you are starting to understand the concepts of basketball. Pretty sad you have such good players and don’t even go to the games , I hear the heat owner said he lost money that they had half of sellouts of all there home games. Such a shame tsk tsk

  3. cacsemo - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    kind of a lot for this guy

    • aboogy123456 - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:10 PM

      Yea definitely agree here. Last year he signed a one year, $9 million contract which I thought was already too big. How does he increase that to $40 million for 4 years after not playing at all? He must have a great agent.

  4. therealhtj - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Am I missing something? I mean even when dude was healthy he was pretty much subpar, right?

    • andyhr17 - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      You’re forgetting that being 6’9 and mediocre gets you $10 mil a year in the NBA nowadays.

    • therealhtj - Jul 6, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      Just looks like Ainge trying to justify dumping Perkins and not demanding Harden in return.

  5. southpaw77 - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Yeah he must have Brandon Roy’s agent. Two guys who got teams to pay them despite not playing a lick last year with serious ailments.

    Don’t be a mercenary Ray Allen, if u don’t go back to Boston then go to Memphis or Phoenix.

  6. redblue560 - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    What are the celtics thinking ? Ever since that trade with Oklahoma, this guy have not delivered on expectations ?

  7. zeedoubleyou - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    I love the message that this deal sends to Rondo, KG, Pierce, and even Ray Allen.

    “We dumped your buddy Perk so that we could give even more money to Jeff Green”

    • andyhr17 - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      Perk was leaving either way. Even if they kept him they wouldn’t have had the money to re-sign him last year.

      • loungefly74 - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:13 PM

        thats around the same money Perk got…i think. if so…man, i think guys like Doc, KG, PP would have loved to have him all this time. ubuntu!

      • zeedoubleyou - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:23 PM

        There’s a thing called ‘Bird rights’ in the CBA that allows teams to go over the salary cap to re-sign tenured players. Perkins’ first year salary in any long-term deal would have been less than the $9 million offered to Green in 2011.

      • scalfor3 - Jul 6, 2012 at 6:59 PM

        i love perk but not worth the kind of money okc gave him. they will be regretting that when it comes time to do new deals with ibaka and harden

    • andyhr17 - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:26 PM

      Familiar with the Bird Rights, but that doesn’t mean a team can just sign a player for however much money they want.

      http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/03/01/report-kendrick-perkins-agrees-to-contract-extension-with-thunder/

      • zeedoubleyou - Jul 6, 2012 at 3:30 PM

        That is the case when a team is attempting to extend a pre-existing contract. Had Perkins’ contract expired, the Celtics would have been able to pony up and pay him what he wanted.

  8. reupjosh - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Seems like a nice guy, and I wish him a well recovery and everything… but am I missing something here?

  9. dgbk - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    jeff green played as well as perkins did in the finals. ( yes i know he was out for the yr and dont play for the thunder perkins stunk) that trade is pretty even at the moment can tilt towards the celtics favor if green inproves.

    maybe this is what they would have eventually gave him. Shouldnt low ball a guy for almost dying. This can also send msg to the team as far as takin care of they own ie also willing to over pay to keep allen. at 40 mil/4 yr is a fair deal for both sides. Shows they still have faith in him and give him time to develop.

    • zeedoubleyou - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      I feel like Perkins’ play for OKC is irrelevant in this equation.

      When judging the merits of Ainge’s trade, the question should be, “Can Green ever have more value to the Celtics organization than Perkins did when he was there?”

    • slopmcflop - Jul 6, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      I wouldn’t say Perkins sucked, he play style just did not match up at all in the 2 Finals series.
      SA will kill you if you aren’t quick to rotate and have a head on a swivel. MIA doesn’t even really have a true center, so Perk wasn’t even needed on the floor.

      Perks strengths are his ability to body up and shut down opposing bigs, and that’s why OKC went and got him, because Gasol and Bynum destroyed them last year. If you think OKC is better off not having Perk, I’d have to disagree. His skill set is limited, but he’s the type of guy you’d love to be able to turn to and use in a pinch.

      • zeedoubleyou - Jul 6, 2012 at 3:34 PM

        For a guy scheduled to earn $25+ million over the next three seasons, I expect more than the ability to turn to and use him in a pinch.

      • slopmcflop - Jul 6, 2012 at 3:42 PM

        Oh, for sure, I’ll agree with you there.

        But you can make the “productivity doesn’t equal contract” argument for over half the friggin league. Still trying to understand how the NBA is so dumb when it comes to slinging around fistfuls of money for rotation players.

  10. bchapman2011 - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Wow I am rooting for this guy and wish him nothing but the best. With that being said it is kind of scary to have a player with a serious heart condition out on the floor. I know his medical team has given him clearance but you never know what is going to happen when you are talking about a critical organ like the heart. Basketball puts so much stress on your body but I really hope this guy stays healthy and lives a long and productive life.

    • andyhr17 - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:50 PM

      After what happened to Reggie Lewis I doubt the Celtics are making this deal unless they’re sure he’s good to play.

  11. misterdreamer119 - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    A life and dearh experience should light a fire under Green so he can give all out effort on and off the court.

  12. bougin89 - Jul 6, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    This is going to be one of the bad contracts NBA GM’s are known for…if you can’t sign him for cheaper(and I mean significantly cheaper) then let him walk. If another GM is stupid enough to give him this much so be it.

  13. giantssb42champs - Jul 6, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Congrats Jeff Green! You just snookered the C’s really good.

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