Specifics of the deal have not been revealed, but word coming out of Boston is that the Celtics and free agent forward Jeff Green have agreed to a multiyear deal. After arriving in Boston at the 2011 trade deadline along with Nenad Kristic in exchange for Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson, Green had an uneven first year in Boston before missing all of 2012 due to an aortic aneurysm that required offseason surgery. Green and agent David Falk positively gushed about the way the Celtics handled Green's medical issues, and stated that he had every intention of returning to Boston, so the reported deal doesn't come as any surprise. However it is still good news as Green's return gives Celtic coach Doc Rivers some more fire power.
The message in the Jason Terry signing and with bringing in Green is that the Celtics clearly think they need more offense. They struggled to score for long stretches last year and their bench production was practically non-existent. Bringing in Terry and Green adds two players who really know how to put the ball in the basket. Green can score in a number of ways. He can post people up, score in face up situations, and while he isn't a dead eye shooter he can hit threes when he's open. He's also an excellent athlete who is superb at running the floor and finishing in transition. When he's in the lineup with Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley the usually slow Celtics will have some serious speed on the floor.
Defense Still a Work in Progress
One of the reasons that the Celtics swapped Perkins for Green was because they thought he could guard the Eastern Conference's best wing players like Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony. They were no longer afraid of Dwight Howard's Magic and perceived James' Heat and Anthony's Knicks as bigger threats, so they brought in Green to help slow them down. In his brief stint after arriving in Boston Green was decent on defense, but there is still very much room for improvement on the defensive end. However, much like Brandon Bass, one has to assume that a full season in Boston's system will make a world of difference. If Green can add tough defense to his versatile offensive game then he is a major weapon for Boston's arsenal.
Front End of the Roster Taking Shape
As Celtic president Danny Ainge said earlier this week, the Celtics focus on their top five to seven players first. With the return of Bass, Kevin Garnett, and now Green combined with the Jason Terry signing, Boston's top seven is starting to take shape. The Celtics still need another wing player due to Ray Allen bolting for Miami. They are currently pursuing Houston Rocket guard Courtney Lee and are also likely to inquire after Mickael Pietrus. However even without Allen, and subsequently one guard short, the Celtics are still already a deeper team than they were last year. Adding either Pietrus or Lee, a few other veterans on minimum deals (Chris Wilcox maybe?), and some contributions from their young guys, and the Celtics' rotation should be taking shape.Tags: Basketball, Boston, Boston Celtics, Jeff Green, NBA
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