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NBA Free Agency 2012: Boston Celtics In Search Of Roster Tweaks To Reload

Kevin Garnett will return, but the futures of Ray Allen, Brandon Bass, Greg Stiemsma, Keyon Dooling, Mickael Pietrus, Marquis Daniels, Jeff Green, Ryan Hollins, Sean Williams and Sasha Pavlovic are uncertain as free agency begins.

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Boston Celtics Sign Jeff Green

After months of tacit assumption that a deal was all done, forward Jeff Green has officially signed a contract with the Boston Celtics, according to the team's website. The length and amount of the deal is not being reported, per team policy, but reports stretching back to July suggested the two sides had come to an agreement on a four-year, $36 million deal in July.

Green, 25, adds some youth to an aging Celtics' front court that features veterans Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. The 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward will also be looking to put together a bounce-back season after missing all of 2011-12 due to an aortic aneurysm -- essentially, an unusual bulging of the primary artery that extends from the heart out into the rest of the body -- that was found during a preseason physical.

In '11, Green was traded to Boston from the Oklahoma City Thunder, the franchise with which he spent his first four NBA seasons. The former Georgetown Hoyas star was drafted fifth overall by the Celtics in the 2007 NBA draft, but he was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics as part of the deal that brought All-Star shooting guard Ray Allen to Boston.

During his five-year NBA career, Green has averaged 13.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

For more on the Jeff Green signing, visit CelticsBlog.


2012 NBA Free Agency: Jeff Green, Celtics Deal Worth $36 Million Over 4 Years, According To Sources

The loss of Ray Allen will hurt the Boston Celtics fanbase for a bit, however, it will not hurt the franchise's pocketbook, and the newly found funds could lead to a solid payday for forward Jeff Green. According to sources of the Boston Herald, the Celtics are offering Green a contract worth $36 million over four seasons, which would lockup the big man for a few more seasons.

The deal could be officially announced sometime earlier this week, says Green's agent David Falk.

Last season, Green would have played under a one-year, $9-million contract, however, an aortic aneurism forced the 25-year-old to miss the season and voided the deal.

In 2010-11, Green averaged 15.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game with the Oklahoma City Thunder, before he was traded to Boston, where he 9.8 ppg and 3.3 rpg.

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Ray Allen Rumors 2012: Allen To Visit Heat, Clippers To Hear Pitches

The Boston Celtics have put together a solid effort to resign veteran shooting guard Ray Allen, the campaign however will need to go through a bit of a waiting period as NBA.com's David Aldridge is reporting Allen will make visits to the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers, respectively.

According to Aldridge, Allen will visit Miami on Thursday and the Clippers on Friday to hear both franchise's pitches that could entice him to move away from Boston. Allen also held conference calls with the Memphis Grizzles and Minnesota Timberwolves, but hasn't scheduled visits.

The biggest issue, says Aldridge, is money:

The Heat can only offer Allen their mini mid-level exception that starts at $3.09 million next season, the same exception Miami used last year to sign free-agent forward Shane Battier. The Clippers have their full mid-level available at $5 million. Boston has offered Allen a two-year deal for $12 million.

Both the Heat and Clippers are expected to also offer a starting job for Allen, who last season was pushed to the bench by the Celtics -- something that didn't sit well with the 36-year-old.

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NBA Free Agency 2012: Celtics Willing To Double Heat's Offer For Ray Allen, According To Sources

The 2012 NBA free agency period began early Sunday morning, and already things are getting very serious when it comes to free agent Ray Allen. According to ESPN's Chris Broussard, the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat are in a head-to-head battle for Allen, and the Celtics are willing to pay a lot of money to keep the veteran three-point shooter.

This news isn't too surprising considering center Kevin Garnett said he was going to not retire and re-up with Boston. This means, according to SB Nation Boston's Gethin Coolbaugh, the Celtics front office will not begin a rebuilding process this offseason; instead, they will retool.

Offering Allen double the amount of money than the Heat, who has made Allen their top priority during free agency, is a good indication Boston wants to make another run at an NBA title with the Big 3 in '12-13.

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Kevin Garnett Signs 3-Year Deal With Boston Celtics, According To Report

The Boston Celtics and Kevin Garnett have agreed to a three-year contract worth $34 million, according to a report from Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

Garnett had been considering retirement, but decided to return to the Celtics rather than end his Hall of Fame career.

The big man averaged 15.8 points and 8.2 rebounds last season in 31.1 minutes per game. He was dominant going forward from the All-Star break, including a postseason run during which he registered 19.2 points and 10.3 rebounds per game while providing his normal suffocating defensive presence.

Garnett will turn 39 years old before the end of his contract, but played at a high level last season and is known for staying in fantastic shape.

The news of Garnett's return was first reported by Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.

With Garnett in tow, the Celtics are likely to attempt another shot at a title run rather than start a rebuilding process.

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