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Jeff Green Will Miss Entire Season to Undergo Heart Surgery

 

After days of waiting, the Celtics have released an official statement regarding the status of forward Jeff Green moving forward.  Unfortunately, as we anticipated, the news is not good.

Green will miss the entire 2011-12 season, after he undergoes surgery on Monday January 9th at the Cleveland Clinic to repair an aortic aneurysm.

On the good news front, the team also announced that Jeff is expected to recover and should be able to play in the 2012-13 season.

Here’s a statement from Danny Ainge on the situation (via: ESPNBoston)

 “While we are saddened that Jeff will not be able to play this season, the most important thing is his health, and we were fortunate to have access to an amazing team of specialists to evaluate Jeff’s case,” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said. “The entire Celtics family supports Jeff during this difficult time in his career.”

A few answers to the questions that will inevitably be asked about Green in the days ahead.

1) Will his contract be voided? In all likelihood yes. Even though the team came to terms with Green on a one-year nine million dollar deal, that deal was contigent (as all deals are) on Green passing his physical. The detection of this condition obviously prevented him from doing that, which makes the C’s likely to void the deal, especially since the nine million dollar salary would have counted double since it put the C’s roster payroll well over the 70 million dollar luxury tax.

2) Will the Celtics be able to use some kind of roster/injury exception? In all likelihood, no. Assuming the C’s void the contract, there is no injury exception to be had, since Green would not be a part of the official roster. Obviously they still have the roster spot to play with to sign an additional free agent, but they would only have the minimum’s veteran  to spend on any such player.

3) What happens to Jeff Green? Assuming his contract is voided and he does not sign a deal with anyone else this year, Green would remain as a restricted free agent under Boston’s control for next season.

Much more to come on this situation as it develops, but needless to say our thoughts here at CelticsHub are for a full and speedy recovery for Mr. Green.

  • Scott

    I don’t want this to come off the wrong way… Of course I care about his health.

    But… Was the 9mil contract he signed pending a physical? Or is that on the books no matter what? Just wondering..

    Wouldn’t be asking if it wasn’t sure that he’d make it thru surgery, etc.

    • I_Love_Green

      It gets voided because he didn't pass the physical.

  • High Rollers

    Jeff’s in good hands, doc-wise and team-wise, that’s for sure. DA was right about perspective. Meanwhile, we got a Sports Guy out west whose head is exploding over how paper thin his C’s are seeming. Bill Simmons, this is the last time I’m going to say it, nobody balls on paper, Dude! Why all these fatalistic Celtic fans?!? Just watch and enjoy the run. It can go as far as anybody’s. (Although I do agree with Sports Guy about taking a look at D.Stephenson. Gritty wing. A little extra help couldn’t hurt.)

  • JR99

    My thoughts are with the Celtics, and how screwed they are now. (Hope JG gets well, hope he never comes back to Boston.) How are the Cs gonna fill this giant hole now? Looks like this will be a rookie's season in Boston, for the first time in the Big 3 era.

  • I_Love_Green

    I should go visit him at the clinic! I only live like 20 minutes away.

  • tbunny

    Glad they found this. That sort of condition can be fatal I think.

    Personally I think Marquis could be good at three. I thought he was doing pretty good work last year before he got injured.

  • High Rollers

    'Quis is like butter. P.S. Anybody who watched World Series Game 6 this year should truly believe anything is possible when you don't give up.

  • dwillis

    They should have kept Marshon Brooks w/ all the power forwards they acquired. No time to develop Johnson.

  • ElRoz

    Well, Jeff Green IS a millionaire in any case….and now in addition they will have prevented a dangerous condition. So that's two good news.
    Of course Boston will need to use some of the money to sign another quality guy IF there is one out there. Yes of course Marquis can play the SF position, but then is Moore and Bradly ready to play SG? I was hoping it would be Daniels at SG and Green at SF. But if this what takes Doc to play Bradley and Moore more, then ok.
    I worry about the offense of the bench: Dooling, Bradley, Wilcox, Daniels, Bass – this group is missing a reliable scorer…but then again, many benches do.

  • Morpheus

    Get well Jeff

  • janos

    Hey BRyan, is Janos
    I seen that guy play and is news me he even has a heart?
    Just kiddings, I hope for speedy fix player all good next year.
    Most important questions he get ring when NBA CELTICS win title June?

  • Zee

    Wishing him and the C's the best…

  • james patrick

    Glad the guy is getting it fixed, but how's that Perk trade looking now?

    • JCP

      Do we really need to keep revisiting the Perk trade? If we do, can we at least revisit the KG trade, or the RayRay trade, or any other trade just as much?

      • los

        Nah really those trades brought us a championship. The Perk trade gave us nothing at all, which is exactly what would have happened if we didn't trade Perk. The only difference is we sacrificed chemisty

        • Rita

          I no longer believe that this trade is worthy of discussion, at least in terms of winners and losers. I say that as an OKC fan who is looking forward to the supposedly slimmed-down Perk this season. The Celtics need offense; Perk wasn't going to provide that. Plus, the Celtics weren't in a position to provide him the commitment in dollars and years that he got from OKC. Green….. He's the winner here. I watched him play for my team for a few years, and I'm so happy that he'll be healthy and alive because the Celtics doctors caught it. I hope he can reclaim his career after the surgery.

    • I_Love_Green

      How's the Len Bias pick looking?

      Nobody ever complains about that pick because nobody could've guess Len would've died like that. Just like nobody could've guessed Jeff would have a heart problem.

  • Morpheus

    What now?

    Without a go to scorer(besides Green) off the bench we weren't looking good anyway. If we had gotten DWest we'd be contenders. No Green, no DWest(David not Delonte), schedule heeby jeebies…what's the plan guys?

    • tbunny

      The plan is Heart of a Champion.

    • Los

      The plan is there is no plan. Play the season hope for the best and hope Rondo makes some strides in his game.

    • I_Love_Green

      Poz-E. Deshawn Stevenson perhaps.

  • dslack

    Who pays for the surgery? Is Green on his own since he's not under contract?

    • TOM

      I believe the team pays for the surgery but the player's contract gets voided. The contract voided I know is accurate.

  • Kricky

    What a disastrous off-season! Bad news every time I get online :(

    • far east man

      yea! exactly! me too!

  • skeeds

    Wow. An aneurism is a potentially fatal thing. Not a "cause a heart attack" fatal thing. We're talking dead in 3 hours if it ruptures fatal. It's a lucky thing this guy went through a thorough physical to sign an NBA contract. Any regular person would have no way of knowing he has this condition.
    All the best to him, fortunately, he can make a full recovery from this, and it will affect him minimally throughout his life.

    As for the C's, well, luck of the Irish I guess. Let's just do this. Throw the rookies in. Trust our bench. I don't care if we get kicked out first round. If we just play like Celtics.

    That said, brace yourselves C's fans. If Ainge made a move as radical as trading Perk last year, when we were in trouble, this season he'll probably do something flat out crazy.
    I already wrote a letter to Santa asking him for Iguadala. I have a plan too. Etawn Moore will play fantastic for the first month. We'll trade him, Stiemsma (who'll average 3 blocks 8 rebounds by then) and Pavlovic (12 points, 45% 3pt) to the Sixers. Problem solved. Is that too much to ask?

  • GoCelts

    I'm still hopeful the Cs can take the team deep into playoffs. We should take a look at S.Dalembert, Andrei Kirilenko and Mickael Pietrus to fill the void.

  • Josh

    I like Jeff Green as a player. Play him at the 3 where he SHOULD be and not the 4 and he will be fine. Hes a good offensive option on the second squad and hes still young. I hope he makes a full recovery and I hope we can get him back next year. Everyone needs to get off his back. Give the guy a chance to learn the system.

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