The Boston Celtics may have lost one of their most important pieces this offseason when Ray Allen opted to sign with the Miami Heat but the team did retain a key component with the re-signing of Jeff Green. The Celtics made the announcement this week by extending him for four years at $36 million.
The Celtics first acquired Green from the Oklahoma City Thunder in return for Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson back in the 2010-11, and Green had a tough time fitting in. He averaged around 15 points per game and six rebounds in his career in Oklahoma City but those numbers dipped in Boston to 9.8 points per game and 3.3 rebounds per game.
Last season, Green missed every game as a heart ailment forced him to the sidelines. He has publicly said that he feels much better than he ever felt before and after the Celtics worked him out, they deemed him to be good to go.
Green is a forward who should see more playing time these days than he did back when he first arrived. He’s versatile enough to play anywhere from shooting guard, to small forward to power forward and the Celtics should have some minutes to soak up.
On the other hand, though, many pundits making their NBA picks question the signing as the Celtics probably don’t really need Green – especially knowing that he wasn’t a good fit before.
They surely won’t need Green at power forward where the team has Brandon Bass and drafted Jared Sullinger. Also, Kevin Garnett is still around, although he’ll likely play plenty at center in the coming year and the team also drafted forward Fab Melo.
The Celtics have Paul Pierce at small forward and he plays plenty of minutes but Green’s primary role is likely to backup Pierce. Beyond that, the Celtics have Avery Bradley and Jason Terry at shooting guard.
At the end of the day, Green is a versatile player that will give the Celtics ample depth at a number of positions. Now that he’s healthy, he should contribute more than when he first got to Boston.