May 9, 2011; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green (8) looks to pass while guarded by Miami Heat guard Mike Miller (13) during the third quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

NBA Free Agency: Celtics Close to 4 Year Deal with Jeff Green

While it has been long suspected that Jeff Green would be re-signing this summer with the Celtics, it is appearing that such a signing is going to take place in the upcoming days per a report by Gary Washington of

Jeff Green’s agent David Falk said that they are only finalizing the deal working on minor details, while the deal itself is not expected to fall through.

“I expect it will be done imminently,” Falk reported, citing “just details, minor stuff.”

Green missed last season due to a heart condition but had surgery and will be ready to go by the start of the season.  He was, of course, obtained at the cost of losing big man Kendrick Perkins, but Green’s upside is significantly higher than Perkins’, hence the reason for the trade in the eyes of GM Danny Ainge.

While losing Perkins crippled the Celtics interior defense, they have made strides to correct that by bringing aboard Syracuse product Fab Melo this year in the NBA Draft, and will make further moves to bolster the lineup most likely before the season, after seeing Greg Stiemsma sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

That aside, what Green brings to the table is significant.  He’s a hybrid forward, perhaps best suited for small forward, but able to play both spots pretty well.  He can space the floor with a decent outside shot (career 33.7% three point shooter), and he’s fast and agile, the kind of player that will eventually develop into a fringe All-Star most likely.

Many Celtics fans were upset when Perkins was dealt away, but a healthy Green will make them all but forget him.  Look for the deal to be finalized at the latest by mid-next week, as Falk has indicated there are few hangups between he and management.

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