The Boston Celtics announced Saturday that reserve forward Jeff Green will miss the entire 2011-2012 season to have surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm. The news is far worse than anyone had imagined and sheds some light on why the Celtics delayed making an announcement until now.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said via a statement: “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, the entire Celtics family supports Jeff during this difficult time in his career.”
Jeff Green also took to his personal twitter account and offered the following: “Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers… much appreciated love you all..and I’ll be back soon stronger and better than ever I promise”
As a result of the failed physical, Green’s $9 million contract has been voided by the league. Since the Celtics were already above the cap, little relief is gained as a result of the money, allocated to Green, coming off the books. The Celtics do hold onto Green’s rights for when he is able to resume his basketball career after this season.
Green averaged 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds last season for the Celtics following the mid-season trade that sent Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City.
In his absence, expect Marquis Daniels and Sasha Pavlovic to vie for Green’s minutes. Since the Celtics are handcuffed by the cap, little relief from the outside is expected.
The recent news is a devastating blow to the Celtics, but even more devastating for Green himself. Sometimes basketball is only a game and we wish Green a full and speedy recovery.