Jeff Green Cleared To Jog Two Months After Heart Surgery
Jeff Green's heart surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm took place on Monday, January 9th. The second-year Boston Celtics forward will miss the entire 2011-12 season recovering from the ailment and is now an unrestricted free agent.
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Green signed a one-year, $9 million deal to return to the Boston Celtics this season, but a heart condition was discovered during his routine physical examination. Though Green was fortunate to catch the condition before it worsened, his contract was voided once doctors determined he would miss the entire season.
The 25-year old forward has said he would like to return to the Celtics next season, and has spent some time with the team despite not technically being on the roster. Just last week, Green watched a game from the bench. Doc Rivers admitted it might be consider tampering to have a free agent on the bench during a game, but felt it was more important that Green have the opportunity to be around his former teammates while he recovers.
Jeff Green underwent heart surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm on Monday, an ailment that will sideline him for the entire 2011-2012 NBA season. Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers said the surgery went well, according to ESPN Boston.
Green signed a one-year deal to return to the Boston Celtics, where he was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange or Kendrick Perkins at the trade deadline last season, but was unable to pass his physical and was held out of training camp. The team ultimately revealed that Green had an aneurysm, which would force him to miss the year.
Danny Ainge and the Celtics withdrew their qualifying offer, making Green an unrestricted free agent upon his return. Doctors have said that Green will be able to resume his playing career after he fully recovers sometime next season.
Today is the big day for Jeff Green, who was sidelined for the entire 2011-2012 season after doctors discovered an aortic aneurysm in his physical after signing a one-year extension with the Boston Celtics prior to the start of the season.
Green is scheduled to have heart surgery on Monday, Jaunary 9. Green did not pass the physical after re-signing with Boston and missed all of training camp, despite being present at some of the team's practices. However, the Celtics remained mum on Green's condition until they learned he would not return to the team this season.
As a result of Green's ailment, Celtics GM Danny Ainge withdrew the team's qualifying offer worth $9 million for one season, making Green an unrestricted free agent upon his return. Doctors expect Green to be able to play again after making a full recovery following this year.
Green was traded to the Celtics at the trade deadline last season in the deal that sent Kendrick Perkins to the Oklahoma City Thunder. In 26 games in Boston, Green averaged 9.8 points and 3.8 rebounds. In the playoffs, Green averaged 7.3 points and 2.7 boards in nine games with the Celtics.
The Boston Celtics quietly withdrew their qualifying offer to free agent forward Jeff Green during the middle of December, making him an unrestricted free agent, general manager Danny Ainge confirmed to ESPN's Peter May.
Green could theoretically sign with another team today, but it's improbable that he will find a home soon -- he is scheduled for heart surgery on Monday to repair an aortic aneurysm, and the recovery will require that Green misses at least the rest of this season. It's possible but unlikely that another team could sign Green and stash him until he's ready to play.
The Celtics signed Green to a one-year, $9 million contract prior to the season, but the deal was voided after his heart condition led to a failed physical. By withdrawing their qualifying offer for Green, the Celtics surrendered their right to match any free agent offer he receives. They could still potentially use Green in a sign-and-trade deal.
Green would have been a restricted free agent after this season if the Celtics had not withdrawn their qualifying offer.
Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green requires heart surgery to repair his aorta that will force him to miss the entire 2011-12 season, the team announced on Saturday.
Green signed a one-year, $9 million contract last week, but his physical examination revealed a heart issue that required additional testing. After a week spent meeting with doctors, Green's surgery has been set for Jan. 9.
"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," Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge said in a press release. "The entire Celtics family supports Jeff during this difficult time in his career."
Because Green did not pass his physical examination, his contract will be voided, but the Celtics will be unable to use the $9 million to sign any other free agents since they were so far over the salary cap to begin with. With the loss of Green, the Celtics have 13 players on their roster and can spend the veteran's minimum to fill the two open spots.
The Celtics acquired Green in a mid-season trade last year. He struggled to adjust to his new role in Boston, but the Celtics were expecting improvements in his second year.
Green is expected to be able to repair to the NBA next season.
BOSTON - Jeff Green's mystery ailment has been the talk of the town ever since the fifth-year forward for the Boston Celtics failed the stress test portion of his physical and has been held out of practice. The C's held an open scrimmage on Friday night at TD Garden, and head coach Doc Rivers addressed Green's condition after the game concluded.
"Nothing," said Rivers when asked what he could tell the media about Green. "I will know for sure [Saturday]. I keep saying that, but I will. Danny [Ainge] called and said he'll announce it tomorrow, so we'll wait. Other than that, we just leave it at that."
Green signed a one-year deal worth $9 million with the Celtics towards the start of training camp, but hasn't been able to practice since due to his failed physical. Green has been at team shootarounds and has appeared healthy, but there's more than meets the eye. In 26 games with the Celtics last season, Green averaged 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds.