Celtics Finalize Jeff Green's Contract, but Holes at Center Remain

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December 13, 2011; Waltham, MA, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green (8) during the media day at the team

Jeff Green tweeted yesterday to say “Been waiting to say this for a while #iamaceltic”

The deals were finalized on a four year deal that will pay Green an average of $8 million per season, a reasonable price for a player of Green’s promise and talent.  Green will strengthen both the perimeter shooting and perimeter defense of the C’s after being sidelined with a heart condition last year.

Understandably, the Celtics were cautious with both Green and center Chris Wilcox (who also experienced heart troubles) after what happened with Reggie Lewis back in 1993.  Lewis was known to have heart problems in the months leading to his on-court collapse.  The Celtics weren’t about to let that happen again.  However, doctors said the surgery was a simple one, and Green is now cleared to do all basketball related activities.

The hold up in finalizing the contract had nothing to do with his heart condition, according to Green’s agent David Falk.  The problems stemmed from issues with the new collective bargaining agreement, and signing Green remained a priority for GM Danny Ainge, as Green felt obligated to Ainge and the Celtics for standing by him through his heart troubles.

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