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Jeff Green….Now An Unrestricted Free Agent

Lost in the midst of the pregame yesterday was a interesting little nugget Peter May of ESPNBoston unearthed about the impending status of Jeff Green. The C’s had presented Green with a qualifying offer back in May, but after voiding his one-year nine-million dollar contract before the season began, the C’s withdrew their qualifying offer as well. The move, on the surface, appears to be a kind gesture for Green, who undergoes heart surgery this Monday January 9th at the Cleveland Clinic. Here’s more from May:

Asked about the decision on Friday, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge, citing Green’s impending surgery, said he preferred not to discuss the matter. He did confirm it, however. It may have been nothing more than a goodwill gesture on the part of the Celtics to Green and his agent, David Falk, who said the team has been “phenomenal” in handling the situation.

“It was not something we expected or bargained for, but coming as it did after such devastating medical news it was almost like an early Christmas present,” Falk said.

The move, while an overall nice gesture, will likely have little bearing on Green’s future with the team. Coming off a heart ailment, the market for Green next season will be thin at best, and the C’s still have bird rights on the guy, making them capable of paying him whatever they see fit.

One may assume Green’s reps will give the C’s the right to match or exceed any offer Green ends up recieving on the open market, while also having the chance to expand Jeff’s market a bit by removing the restricted tag. Anything beyond a one-year deal is unlikely as is, but teams may be willing to throw a little more money at Green, if they aren’t forced to wait for the C’s to decide to match the offer.

In addition, the move also takes Green’s qualify offer cap hold (roughly 6 million dollars) off the books. With the C’s future uncertain at best at this point, having minimal money tied in the cap next season helps keep all options open for Danny Ainge in pursuing free agents. Flexibility is crucial for Ainge and this provides more of it for him, while also making Green happy, in case the sides decide to reunite after this season.

  • I never thought I'd see the day that voiding a $9M one-year contract and a qualifying offer would be (pick one):

    *phenomenal
    *an early Christmas present
    *a kind gesture
    *all of the above

  • Brian your title should say "…An Unrestricted…"

  • Devonte

    Hell Ainge need to make a big trade by tomorrow trade G.Stiemsma,A.Bradley,E.Moore,J.Johnson,C.Wilcox,K.Dooling,M.Daniels,S.Pavlovic, & 2012 1st round pick to Houston for H.Thabeet,C.Lee, & T.Williams. Ainge need to sign 5 waived players who are cheap Gilbert Arenas,Eddie House,James Posey,Keith Bogans, & Marcus Cousin by tomorrow. U can sign that many players if their waive.

    • ripsonics

      DO IT!

    • I_Love_Green

      PHENOMENAL idea!

      • Batman

        Thabeet!??!

  • cos

    devonte…is this some sort of joke?

    care to explain how houston is going to accept 8 players and only send back 3. thats an additional 5 to the roster. i don't know how many open spots they have (if any), but Im positive they don't have 5 open spots. In addition, why on earth (or mars) would houston do that crap trade… and please dont say the 2012 pick.

    actually, don't even respond. thats the dumbest idea I've heard in a long time — no reply could justify it.

    • I_Love_Green

      He had a few before that post.

  • lakershater13

    Best thoughts and prayers go out to Green and his family. Lets all hope everything goes smoothly and he has a fast recovery.

  • Chris from Danvers

    At first, I was sorry to hear the news about Green, until I heard how Green's agent spun it….he was supposed to be a free agent next year – which would have got him a better deal even here. Now, it appears the Celtics have given him that chance. If that is the real reason behind it – and the agent has every reason to actually say it was not – nice job on the team's part (though I am sure it helps the Celtics with their books next year). It is also great to hear that the team has looked out for Green and he in turn wants to spend time with him. I think Green is a great part of the future.

    As for that trade proposal….wow…..I think Glen Ordway would be taking out his "trade black book" on that one. Nice idea, but never would happen.

  • James Patrick

    It's official We gave Perk away. Sure, there was no way of knowing that. But it is what it is. We got NOTHING but knocked out of the playoffs early in 2011 and who knows in 2012, but nothing is left from that trade. NOTHING!

  • I know this post is old, but man it would be nice to have Green for this series against the Heat. Especially with Ray's ankle issues.