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Celtics forward Jeff Green will undergo heart surgery for an aortic aneurysm that was detected while he was taking his team physical last week. He will miss the entire 2011-2012 season, but the surgery, which is due to take place Jan. 9, will allow him to resume his NBA career next season.
“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,” said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. “The entire Celtics family supports Jeff during this difficult time in his career.”
Green’s one-year, $9 million contract will be voided because he could not pass his physical.
Green was acquired in a trade last season with the Thunder. The C’s traded center Kendrick Perkins and guard Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City for Green and center Nenad Krstic. Krstic is now playing overseas, leaving the Celtics with no one to show for from last season’s controversial trade.
Green averaged 9.8 points per game in 26 games with the Celtics last season.