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The Celtics have been active as they’ve made a one-year qualifying offer to forward Jeff Green. The $5.9 million offer now makes Green a restricted free agent. The fourth-year forward was the premier piece that came to Boston in the highly criticized mid-season trade that sent fan-favorite Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City.
Boston also picked up the option on guard Avery Bradley for the 2012-2013 season.
The Celtics had until midnight Thursday night to make the offer to Green, which just so happens to be the same time the current CBA is set to expire. The NBA owners are expected to then lock out their players, which would halt any offseason moves.
When the offseason finally does arrive, the Celtics will have the right to match any offer a team would make for the 6’9” forward. If Green signs the qualifying offer he would become an unrestricted free agent after next season. The Celtics could also attempt to sign him to a long-term extension.
In 26 games Green, who was acquired along with center Nenad Krstic, averaged 9.8 points per contest. Green also pulled down 3.3 rebounds a game in 23.5 minutes. All his numbers fell from what he was putting up in Oklahoma City, but attribute that to his reduced bench role in Boston.
In the playoffs Green’s statistics dropped even further, down to 7.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in just over 19 minutes per game. He and the bench’s lack of postseason production was a major reason the green team suffered an early exit at the hands of the Eastern Conference Champion Miami Heat.
The C’s have consistently expressed their faith in Jeff Green as being a part of the future in the post-Big Three era. They expect that with a full training camp and a boost in minutes in next year, Green will excel and improve on last season’s performance.
Celtics GM Danny Ainge said this of Green:
“He’s a highly efficient offensive player that plays good defense, that has great character, that’s 6-foot-9, versatile, athletic, and that’s what we need. And he’s young, and I think he’s just going to get better because of his character and his work ethic.”
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