Jeff Green Accepts 1-Year Qualifying Offer from Boston Celtics

Mike MehtaContributor IIDecember 11, 2011

The Celtics hope to see a more confident and consistent Jeff Green this season
The Celtics hope to see a more confident and consistent Jeff Green this season

The Boston Celtics have reached an agreement with Jeff Green that keeps the swingman in Boston for one year and $9 million, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard. This nearly doubles what he made last season.

Despite being in attendance for the beginning of Celtics camp on Saturday, Green did not participate in team drills. He is expected to talk to the media Sunday.

The Celtics traded for Green last season from the Oklahoma City Thunder, along with Nenad Krsitic, for Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson. Green struggled to assimilate into Boston's offense while putting put a marginal defensive effort. Overall, it was not what the Celtics had expected.

To Green's credit, he never complained about the difficult adjustment and transition of his role. In Oklahoma City, he was a starter and a big piece of their team. In Boston, he was expected to provide instant offense and solid defense off the bench. He saw a drop of 13.5 minutes per game which resulted in subpar statistics for the fourth-year man out of Georgetown University.

Regardless of his struggles last season, the Celtics know that Green is a major key in the team's success this season. Danny Ainge said, "We love the versatility that he brings to our roster and we think he will be an important part of the success." Both Paul Pierce and Ray Allen have emphasized the importance of Green on the Celtics roster and have expressed their interest in seeing a more aggressive player.

Rumors have been circulating that Green may be dealt by the Cetlics. However, according to Chris Forsberg of ESPN, "By officially signing Green to a one-year, $9 million deal Saturday, the Celtics cannot immediately trade him away (all signings require a certain -- and often lengthy -- amount of time to pass before that player can be utilized in a trade)."

It doesn't look like the Celtics plan on trading Green just yet, but with the lack of a true center on the roster, perhaps he could be used as a trade chip later on in the season.