Well the Celtics have been getting great value in their deals in free agency so far this offseason with Brandon Bass and Kevin Garnett both signing for under market value. That however may change when it comes to Jeff Green. Here’s the latest via Sam Amick of SI.com.
One source with knowledge of the talks says it may be in the four years, $40 million neighborhood, but it is not done.
“I’m confident it’ll get done,” Falk told SI.com. “I guess they got (Brandon) Bass’ (contract) done, which is great. Jeff is trying to get a sense of what the team looks like first before he makes a commitment, but I expect he’ll be there and I expect it’ll be done by the 11th (when the free agency moratorium ends). We’ve gotten a lot of interest from other teams. But as far as Boston, we’re very confident we’ll get it done.
“He wants to be in Boston. He’s excited about the moves they’ve made. He’s hoping Ray Allen comes back as well, because he feels very close to Ray Allen.”
CH’s Analysis: Too many years, (although I would imagine some of the rumored contract would be unguaranteed) and perhaps more worrisome is too much money per season. To make sure I have this straight, Jeff Green was going to sign a one-year $9 million deal last year as a restricted free agent with the C’s.
Now, after missing an entire season with a heart ailment, during which Danny Ainge showed tremendous goodwill by allowing Green to become an unrestricted free agent this season, 4 years and 40 million dollars is the best Ainge can do? And Green is getting a raise?!? I certainly hope that’s not the case.
Falk would likely jump all over that kind of deal for his client, so considering the fact the deal is not yet done, you would have to hope Ainge brings down the dollar figures. I’d be okay with paying Green $10 million dollar per season for a couple years. Four however? With a spotty track record. Count me out.
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