Tag:Jeff Green
Posted on: January 16, 2012 2:38 pm

Wizards 'covet' Jeff Green?

Posted by Royce Young

He's not one of the big names like Deron Williams or Dwight Howard, but Jeff Green will be a pretty intriguing free agent to watch this summer. Because of a heart condition, Green has been forced to miss the entire 2011-12 season with the Celtics pulling both their $9 million contract and qualifying offer.

As a result, Green is an unrestricted free agent. And assuming everything checks out for him and he's back to being healthy, teams will come calling. One likely being his hometown Wizards. Via NBA.com:
The Wizards, according to sources, have long coveted Green, who played locally at Georgetown and who would provide some desperately needed maturity and young experience next season for one of the league's most callow teams. Assuming the Wizards use their amnesty provision next summer to free themselves from the final season of Rashard Lewis's contract -- $22.69 million -- they'd be in prime position to give Green a big payday, assuming everything checks out post-operation.

And if the Nets, say, lose out in the Dwight Howard-Deron Williams sweepstakes, they'll have a lot of flexibility, too.
Green would honestly be a pretty terrific fit with the Wizards. At some point, that organization has to start cutting ties with its dysfunctional players and start bringing in players like Green who are wonderful locker room professionals that can play on the court too. John Wall needs guys that he can play with on the court as well as players that will help him grow off it. Green, who is still just 25, is young himself but has a maturity beyond his years. Especially considering the perspective he'll have coming off this surgery.

The question is what Green will likely get on the open market. Boston, who still wants him back, likely won't be willing to go into that $9 million range again. The Celtics want to maintain a good amount of flexibility for this summer. And it's hard to ignore the fact Green will have missed an entire season. How can you really know what he can give?

Assuming he's healthy and everything is good though, Green is worth a mid-level sized deal from someone and maybe more than that to a team like the Wizards or Nets. Those teams need a culture change. They need to move in a direction of mature youth. Because what they have going now isn't working.

The Wizards could be a perfect fit for Green. But wherever he ends up, hopefully the first thing he has is his health.
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:37 pm

Report: Paul Pierce to miss Christmas opener?

Posted by Ben Golliverpaul-pierce-bos

Paul Pierce may not make it home in time for Christmas.

ESPNBoston.com reports that the Boston Celtics All-Star forward might be forced out of the team's Dec. 25 season opener against the New York Knicks because of a bruised heel.
Asked if he was concerned about Pierce's health, Rivers said not in the long-term, but very much so for the start of the season when the Celtics play three games in four days.

"We have [three] games right off the bat and he's really gone only one practice and that's basically it," said Rivers. "So, yeah, I'm concerned about it. It's just a heel bruise and he went real hard [Monday] and it got real sore. We just want him to rest. The problem with that is, it'll be a lot of rest, and then he may be ready, but with no play, there's that."

Rivers said he'd like to get Pierce on the floor on Friday and hopes he'll be able to go in time for Sunday's season-opener in New York. They simply don't want to rush him after the setback on Monday.

Pierce, 34, has been fairly durable in recent years, missing a combined 16 regular season games over the last four seasons. 

His absence will be felt mightly by the Celtics, who are still reeling after forward Jeff Green was advised to undergo season-ending heart surgery and free agent target David West opted to sign with the Indiana Pacers instead. If Pierce can't go, Rivers will turn to wing Marquis Daniels, who suffered a scary season-ending spinal injury last year, to match-up against Knicks All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony. Good luck with that.
Posted on: December 19, 2011 3:25 pm
Edited on: December 19, 2011 3:34 pm

Chuck Hayes fails physical; Kings void contract

Posted by Ben Golliverchuck-hayes-kings

Sacramento Kings president Geoff Petrie announced in a brief statement on Monday that free agent center Chuck Hayes, signed last week to a contract worth a reported $21 million over four years, will not join the team this season for medical reasons.

"This morning, in one of the most heartbreaking moments of my professional or personal life, Chuck Hayes was notified that he failed his physical exam with the Sacramento Kings," Petrie's statement read. "Subsequent to that, the contract signed on December 9th has been voided. At Chuck’s request, we will have no further comment at this time."

The Sacramento Bee reported earlier this week that Hayes was undergoing tests on his heart after a stress test revealed an undisclosed abnormality.

Hayes, 28, is a 6-year NBA veteran who spent his entire career, until this offseason, playing for the Houston Rockets. An undersized center with a major motor, Hayes has posted career averages of 4.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in 424 NBA games. He was expected to get major minutes in Sacramento as part of a frontline that also includes DeMarcus Cousins, J.J. Hickson, Jason Thompson and Travis Outlaw.

The Boston Celtics announced last weekend that forward Jeff Green did not pass his physical and will undergo open heart surgery that will force him to miss the entire 2011-2012 season.
Posted on: December 17, 2011 6:11 pm

Jeff Green tweets about losing his season

Posted by Royce Young

Jeff Green got some bad news Saturday, but in reality it's great news.

After he failed his physical following signing a one-year, $9 million deal with Boston, doctors couldn't nail down an odd medical ailment. It was finally announced that Green had an aortic anuerysm, something that if ruptured, could end Green's life.

But it was caught, and most importantly, before any real harm to Green happened. Which is great. Green, who is one of the most positive and kind players I've ever been around, tweeted a simple message Saturday.

Green will have heart surgey and while it will end his 2010-11 season and void his contract with the Celtics, it also means his life potentially has been saved. Amazing to think that Oklahoma City's trade for Kendrick Perkins sending Green to Celtics could be what essentially saved his life.

But Green will be back. He can recover from surgery and have a normal career after. I covered Green in Oklahoma City for three and half seasons and there was no one more professional and hard-working than him. Just like he said, he'll be back.
Posted on: December 17, 2011 11:48 am
Edited on: December 17, 2011 5:42 pm

Celtics' Jeff Green to miss entire 2012 season

By Matt Moore

The Celtics announced Saturday morning that forward Jeff Green will miss the entire 2011-2012 season after surgery to repair a heart condition. During a stress test in his physical upon agreeing to his one-year, $9 milllion deal with the Celtics, doctors discovered an aortic aneurysm, which involves swelling in a valve in the heart. He will undergo surgery, miss the entire year, and the Celtics announced he should be able to return to action for the 2012-2013 season assuming everything goes well with surgery and subsequent treatment. 

With no symptoms, discovering the condition may prove to be a blessing in disguise for Green and his long-term health. For the Celtics, they move forward with no legitimate back-up small forward and a dangerously thin bench. The Celtics traded Kendrick Perkins for Green and the Clippers protected 2012 draft pick at last season's trade deadline. Despite considerable criticism for the move, Celtics GM Danny Ainge has repeatedly defended the move indicating his belief in Green's long-term value to the franchise. 

Due to Green's failure to pass his physical, the Boston Herald reports Green's contract has been voided

The Celtics official press release: 
The Boston Celtics announced today that forward Jeff Green will undergo surgery on Monday January 9, 2012 at the Cleveland Clinic and will miss the 2011-12 season.

A team of leading cardiac specialists who consulted with Green and the Celtics indicated that surgery should completely repair Green’s condition and that he can expect to resume his NBA career next season.

During his team physical Friday, December 9th, an aortic aneurysm was detected. As a precautionary measure, Green underwent extensive additional testing, after which doctors recommended surgery.

“While we are saddened that Jeff will not be able to play this season, the most important thing is his health, and we were fortunate to have access to an amazing team of specialists to evaluate Jeff’s case,” said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. “The entire Celtics family supports Jeff during this difficult time in his career.”

At Jeff’s request, neither Jeff nor the Celtics will have any additional comment at this time.
Posted on: December 10, 2011 5:54 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2011 7:04 pm

Boston Celtics ink Jeff Green to 1-year deal

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.
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:44 am
Edited on: December 8, 2011 6:13 pm

Chris Paul Rumor Tracker 12.8.11: Paul to Lakers?

By EOB staff

So there's kind of a lot going on right now in terms of Chris Paul. It's extremely likely that he'll still be a Hornet when camp starts Friday, and very likely that he'll still be one when the season starts on December 25th. But there has been such a deafening cacophony of intelligence (or absence thereof, depending on your view of the media) regarding who is in the Hunt for Paul, that we need to keep an eye on things.

Yahoo Sports reports Chris Paul to the Lakers

Ken Berger confirms a Yahoo Sports report that the Hornets have begun informing teams they are sending Chris Paul to the Lakers for Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom in a straight-up deal. 
More on this as it develops. 

Hornets still exploring Celtics offer, might go without third team

Yahoo Sports reports that the Hornets are starting to get past the idea of needing to bring in Indiana for a three-way deal with Boston and are instead exploring the idea of going straight up and taking the Celtics' offer of Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green via sign-and-trade, and the Clippers first-rounder. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that a possible hang-up would be Jeff Green having to agree to the deal, which he may not if he's going to what would certainly seem to be a lottery team. It would be a great deal for the Celtics. For the Hornets, everything would come down to how that Clippers pick worked out, but at least they get two young above-average players and a quality pick, which is more than they would pull from the Lakers or in the three-way with Houston.

Speaking of, David Aldridge of TNT/NBA.com reports more details. The Rockets would send Martin and Scola (as outlined below), along with Goran Dragic and multiple first and second round picks. That's quite a haul. But considering the age of the two bigger names in the deal (31 and 28 for Scola and Martin respectively), the question is if the Hornets want to stay in the playoff race right now to ensure ticket sales and to stay competitive, or go young. The Hornets are still looking for the perfect deal, or at least the best one, and as of yet, that deal has not come available. 

Lakers looking at a three-way deal with Houston to bring CP3 to L.A.?

2:19 p.m. -- Could the Lakers and Celtics be going head-to-head for Chris Paul now? Accoding to SI.com, the Lakers, Hornets and Rockets are engaged in a three-way deal that would send Paul to Los Angeles.

We've heard this story before, but getting a third team involved is interesting. And what do the Rockets have to gain by jumping in? The Lakers have the pieces needed, I'd think, to pull off a trade with New Orleans. Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom -- those are serious pieces. But Houston could ramp it up with extra picks and assets which could make this a very real scenario.

According to Yahoo! Sports
and confirmed by Ken Berger of CBSSports.com, some of the names being floated in this deal are Paul to L.A., Pau Gasol to Houston and Kevin Martin, Luis Scola and picks to New Orleans. That right there, is a blockbuster deal.

And if the Lakers were to manage this, they could conceivably put together a deal using Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom to acquire Dwight Howard. It really is possible. Scary thoughts right there. -- Royce Young

Celtics back in the mix for CP3?

11:33 a.m. -- The Celtics are back in the action. Yahoo! Sports reports that with the Clippers and Warriors both unwilling to give up players who are not as good as Chris Paul (Stephen Curry, Eric Gordon) to get Chris Paul due to fear he will depart in free agency, the Celtics have re-emerged as a viable candidate despite Paul's reluctance to be traded there or sign long-term. It should be noted that the current reticence by both Golden State and Los Angeles completely overlooks the fact that under the new CBA, there is literally no financial incentive for Paul to sign an extension versus entering free agency and re-signing with their team once they prove they can win. And if they don't win, then the experiment is a failure and it's time to start over anyway. Considering both franchises won a combined 68 games last year, it's a bit odd. But the fear of a true rebuild is too devastating for them. Now on to the Celtics.

The Celtics situation goes something like this. Being Boston, they don't have the same fears as most franchises do in regards to players abandoning them. If they can win the title, then have the cap space in 2012 to make a run at Dwight Howard, that might be what it takes to sway Paul's mind and convince him to stay, so the risk would be worth the reward in trading for him without an extension or assurances he'll re-sign. Yahoo! reports a deal being offered involves a three-way-swap with Indiana, in which the Pacers get Rajon Rondo who the Hornets aren't gaga over, and the Hornets get Darren Collison, who they traded in 2010 to Indiana, back, along with Tyler Hansbrough, Brandon Rush, and draft picks. The Hornets want Danny Granger, but there's no indication if Indiana is open to that deal, despite Granger having been on the block for years. That's an awful lot for the Pacers to give up just to get Rajon Rondo, despite Rondo being one of the best point guards in the league. In short, he's not Chris Paul. 

Meanwhile, a small note in the Yahoo! report says Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul have spoken by phone this week as the Lakers continue to try and land the ultimate coup of both Paul and Dwight Howard as well. So the heavy hitters are very much in the room on this.

The Boston Herald reports that a source close to Paul says the Celtics' window is too short, having only one year of contention. But if the Celtics were to immediately land Dwight Howard in free agency, that might convince Paul to re-sign, especially with the lure of the extra year available to the Celtics under the new CBA. Other teams would only be able to offer a four-year deal, vs. Boston's five. That might add even more incentive for the Lakers to pull of a trade for Howard, since it would block Boston from being able to put the two together, as well as, you know, giving the Lakers the best center in the league. 

ESPN.com reports that the Lakers are offering Pau Gasol as the centerpiece of any deal, while wanting to keep their best asset, Andrew Bynum, as a trade chip to attempt to acquire Howard. Gasol is 31 with three years and $57 million left on his deal, so it's hard to see the Hornets opting to take in Gasol, which would leave the Lakers trying to pull in a third team to make a deal with. 

Finally, the Knicks are reportedly seeking a third and/or fourth team to try and trade for Paul but aren't having much luck. Isiah Thomas' involvement in the Melo saga last year is the gift that keeps on giving. 

We've joked about it before, we'll joke about it again. Like the owers said, this new CBA that cost the league 16 games will help improve competitive balance... for the top five teams in the league on both coasts.  -- Matt Moore
Posted on: November 23, 2011 9:35 pm

Jeff Green: 'I can really (expletive) play'

Posted by Royce Young

It's been a weird turn for Jeff Green. He was an All-American at Georgetown, the fifth pick in 2007 and seen as a future cornerstone for a bright and blossoming franchise.

But he never quite realized his potential. Or maybe it wasn't even that. Maybe he never quite figured out how or where to fit.

That's how he sees it, it appears. Green told the Boston Heraldthat he thinks Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook sort of overshadowed him and therefore didn't allow the world to see his full cupboard of talent. And even added an (expletive) for emphasis.

“Yeah, man, you know a lot of people don’t know what I can really do,” he said. “In Oklahoma, I was kind of overshadowed by Kevin (Durant) and the way Russell (Westbrook) picked up, but, excuse my language, I can really (expletive) play. I can really play this game, man.”

So let's evaluate these comments. Can Jeff Green really (expletive) play? If we're talking about professional basketball, then I think he might need to take a step back.

Look, Jeff Green's a really good basketball player. Versatile, skilled, athletic, smart -- he's got a ton of tools. He's just perpetually caught in between positions. So much that it might put his success and career in the NBA in jeopardy. It's one thing to be a really good player, but if you don't have a place on the floor and therefore a role, what value do you have to a team? You have to be able to fill a need and spot. You have to produce. And while that has everything to do with your ability to really (expletive) play, it also kind of has nothing to do with, if you know what I mean.

Green was clearly overshadowed in OKC because of Durant and Westbrook and I always thought that was one of his strongest qualities. He had no issue in playing his role and quietly doing his job. He never stepped out of character to try and gather a little attention and spotlight for himself. The way he handled himself and his business in Oklahoma City was admirable. And Jeff Green will forever be one of my favorite players ever because of it.

But he just didn't have the capabilities to do his job to the level the Thunder needed. He couldn't rebound as a 4. Couldn't defend that position. Couldn't stretch the floor with a consistent outside jumper. Never really took advantage of other power forwards with his athleticism. Despite possessing some solid post skill, he never used much of it. Green was always just kind of there. A night of 15 points, five rebounds and three assists was the usual for Uncle Jeff. Good, but not good in the right ways.

He's clearly frustrated with his lot right now because he didn't find himself in a role he could flourish in Boston. While he was out of position in OKC, he was very much in the right one (as much as he can be) with the Celtics, but was forced to try and milk everything he could out of 20 minutes a night behind Paul Pierce. That's difficult for anyone.

It's a contract year for Green as he's a restricted free agent and he's understandably upset with how last season went. He knows he can play. He's a really good basketball player. But he has yet to find that spot, that place he can succeed. And really, it's hard to say if he ever will.

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