BOSTON - The health of Jeff Green continues to be the biggest talking point at Boston Celtics training camp, as the fifth-year forward has been held out of practice ever since failing a physical after coming to terms on a new contract.
Green signed a one-year deal worth $9 million with the Celtics towards the beginning of camp, but an undisclosed issue popped up that has kept him on the sidelines ever since. Green was once again held out of Thursday's practice, which was held at TD Garden for the first time this season, and C's head coach Doc Rivers discussed the matter beforehand.
"He's out," Rivers said about Green. "He hasn't passed a physical. It's tough."
Rivers hasn't received an update from the team's medical staff on Green and remains in limbo. Green's limitations have Rivers very concerned, naturally, and he has been faced with the scenario of being without Green at the season's start.
"Usually you pass your physical by now," Rivers said. "I'll give [the media] more tomorrow for sure. I've been around long enough to know that if you haven't passed your physical yet, there's something going on."
Danny Ainge, the C's general manger, also shared very little about Green's condition.
"It's all based on perspective," Ainge said when asked about Green's physical results. "I really don't want to talk about it. It's not fair for me to share Jeff's information with you right now, so we'll wait until tomorrow."
Green was traded to the Celtics at the trade deadline last season in the deal that sent Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Green and center Nenad Krstic. Green played in 26 games for the Celtics and started twice, averaging 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds. In the 2011 playoffs, Green averaged 7.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in an average of 19.2 minutes per game (the C's played in nine playoff games).