Boston Celtics Rumors: Re-Signing Jeff Green a Bigger Priority Than Glen Davis

Bob Bajek@bobbajekAnalyst IIIDecember 1, 2011

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The Boston Celtics are trying to improve their team for another NBA Finals run, so re-signing restricted free agent Jeff Green should be a higher priority than Glen Davis.

Celtics general manager Danny Aigne told the Celtics Town blog that he wants to bring back Green, who was acquired February via trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Green, 25, is a 6'9"  forward who could play the three and four positions. The Georgetown product has four years of NBA experience where he has averaged 13.9 points and 5.5 rebounds a game while shooting 44.5 percent.

Green is a solid perimeter defender against small forwards and posts up well against smaller forwards. Green would be a key backup for Paul Pierce, as Green doesn't defend power forwards well.

As for Davis, the 25-year-old, 6'9" power forward/center has been extremely disappointing since being drafted in 2007. The LSU product has 31 starts in four seasons while playing 21 minutes a game.

Davis has career averages of 7.6 points, 4.1 rebounds on 44.9 percent shooting. He ranked 59th among centers in rebounding and would've been below average among power forwards as well.

The big disappointment about Davis is he isn't a good rebounder or shot blocker. He also showed poor shot selection with settling for 16, 23-foot jumpers, taking five a game while hitting only 35.5 percent of them.

With Davis not a good scorer, he is at best a second-string player. He told the Boston Herald he looks forward to free agency and will demand a top contract that will be too rich for the Celtics' blood. 

Meanwhile, Green has more upside and could possibly be groomed to replace Pierce whenever he decides to retire.

If the Celtics had to choose between the two, re-signing Green is by far the better choice than Davis.