Celtics Rumors: Why Hefty Offer to Jeff Green Isn't a Stretch

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJuly 5, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26:  Jeff Green #8 of the Boston Celtics stands on the court during the game with the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on February 26, 2011  in Los Angeles, California.  The Celtics won 99-92.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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There is plenty of risk in the Boston Celtics inking Jeff Green to a multi-year deal, but that doesn't change the fact that the Celtics need to sign him.

Green missed last season after being diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm, but before that he was shooting 44.5 percent for his career.

Sam Amick of SI.com reported on Thursday:

On the Celtics front, agent David Falk continues to say he thinks a deal gets done with Boston for free agent forward Jeff Green. One source with knowledge of the talks says it may be in the four years, $40 million neighborhood, but it is not done.

After Green's surgery last season, there is plenty of room for debate concerning the 25-year-old. On one hand, he's still relatively young and has been productive in the NBA. On the other hand, his health is an issue. What good is a four-year contract if he can't stay on the floor?

But Green's value to the Celtics right now outweighs the risk.

Green does have his weaknesses on the court. He's not a good outside shooter, and he shouldn't be guarding power forwards like he did at times with the Oklahoma City Thunder earlier in his career.

But as a small forward, Green is a solid player who can hit the mid-range jumper and post up against smaller defenders at 6'9", 235 pounds. In 2010-2011, he shot 48.5 percent in 26 games with Boston in that role, well above his career average. He also proved with the Celtics that he can be a very good wing defender; defense is certainly something coach Doc Rivers values.

There's also the fact that Ray Allen may be headed out of town for South Beach. Even though the Celtics are set to land Jason Terry, they still need some depth on the wings...and some additional defense if the Miami Heat land Allen, for that matter.

A four-year, $40 million deal for a health risk may seem like a gamble, but the Celtics will need all the help they can get next season.


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