When the Celtics acquired Jeff Green at the 2011 deadline in the controversial trade that sent Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City, the reaction from the Boston faithful (and some players) was generally negative. Some, however, saw Green as a potential replacement for Paul Pierce once the captain decides to retire. Green, after all, posted solid numbers in his three and a half seasons with the Sonics/Thunder: 14.2 points and 5.8 rebounds while starting nearly every game and with virtually no history of injuries.
While his numbers took a hit in the 26 games he played for the Celtics that season, this can easily be ascribed to the fact that he played nearly 14 fewer minutes per game than he had in OKC. In fact, his shooting percentage went up significantly, to 48.5%. Green’s career was put on hold in the 2011 offseason when he was found to have an aortic aneurysm which forced him to undergo surgery and miss the entire 2011-12 season.