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Jeff Green “finally” officially signs deal with Boston Celtics

Aug 22, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT

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It didn’t take long at all for Jeff Green to reach deal to return to the Celtics this summer, it was announced back the first week of July that he had agreed terms on what apparently is a four-year, $36 million deal to stay with the Celtics (after missing last season for heart surgery).

But ink has never been put to paper to formally sign the deal.

Until today.

First Green’s agent told Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated that the deal was about to be signed.

The agent for forward Jeff Green, David Falk, told me last night that the four-year deal with Boston worth approximately $36 million should finally be formalized “in the next day or two…We just had some sort of technical and (salary cap) issues that were holding it up. Nothing serious.”

Then Wednesday Green tweeted:


It appears the deal is done.

The delay was really more about maneuverability for Boston — they had his Bird rights and could sign him at any time, but leaving that salary off the books officially left Boston more cap space to maneuver and fill out the bench. Once he signed they were pretty locked in.

Sounds like Boston’s roster is set. Boston comes back for a title run with a deeper, better team on paper than they had last season.

I’m glad to see Green back in the league after last year and think Boston is a good fit. That said, I still think $9 million a year is overpaying a slightly above average wing player — he can score but is not terribly efficient, is not great from three (career 33.7 percent) and his defense is spotty. Boston brass loves him, but this feels like a bet on potential, and there is a reason Oklahoma City was willing to move him.

But we’ll see. It is official and Green will be with Boston for years.

  1. passerby23 - Aug 22, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Once again, yet another article about Jeff Green being “overpaid” and “overvalued.” We get it, Kurt.

  2. thenmoveback - Aug 22, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Welcome to Boston. Get ready to lose to the Heat in the playoffs.

    • truthhurtstoo - Aug 22, 2012 at 5:34 PM

      Agreed…. hope they don’t crane their necks too hard looking up to the HEAT!

  3. eventhorizon04 - Aug 22, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Jeff Green is a solid player with a ton of potential.

    That being said, he talked earlier about wanting to thank Boston for sticking with him as he dealt with his health issues (aneurysm requiring major surgery), so I expected a much more modest deal that included a “loyalty” discount.

    To be blunt $9 million a year for 4 years, for a guy who missed a year due to major surgery and was a bench player prior to surgery, isn’t really a discount. It’s around market-value, pricing in his potential due to athleticism.

    It’s not a bad deal. But Jeff Green is going to have to be a better player in 3 years than he was 2 years ago to make it worthwhile.

  4. lakerluver - Aug 22, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Don’t get too cocky, “Heatle” fans, had it not been for arguably the best playoff performance ever by LeBron in gm 6, Miami wouldn’t have beaten Boston. Boston should be much better next season.

  5. johnheisman - Aug 22, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Green will absolutely help the Celtics, they had no bench last season. In Game 7 against the Heat, the Celtics bench scored only the 2 points on a Ryan Hollins basket.

    I also thought that they might backload the deal slightly to enable them to sign 1 more player (Pietrus?) and still remain below the level where they cab use the mid lvel exception and avoid the tax.

  6. barkley4life - Aug 23, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Remember how Harden played poorly against the Lakers and Heat…why because he had to guard Kobe and Lebron….well wait until you see Jeff Green have to play major minutes at the 3/4 and guard Lebron. It’s not going to be pretty.

  7. paulhargis53 - Aug 24, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Why would Green be logging “major” minutes against Lebron? Pierce draws starters minutes at the 3. Green, will not have to guard him. They have Lee, Bass and Wilcox that can guard him if Pierce is out. You Heat fans sure seem passive/aggressive when it comes to Boston. You say you aren’t worried, but the more you type, the plainer it is to see.

    Your Finals appearance isn’t locked up by any means. You have every right to be afraid, and you should be.

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