What really matters in all of this is that Jeff Green will be fine and next season will return to the NBA. That is what is important.
But Green being out for the entire NBA season following heart surgery leaves the Boston Celtics in a bind. Green was key to their chances this season — he was the sixth man, the energy off the bench, the guy who was going to pick up the scoring, play hard defense (which was a concern) and let Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett get some rest in a condensed season that is going to be hard on older legs (at 6’8” Green could play either forward spot).
The key bench players currently on the Celtics roster are Keyon Dooling, Marquis Daniels, Sasha Pavlovic, Brandon Bass and Chris Wilcox. That’s not going to cut it.
But Boston is going to have a tough time brining in quality at this point, according to A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com.
Because the C’s are well over the league salary cap of about $58 million, the only thing they can offer free agents is a veteran minimum contract.
And the market, as one NBA executive told CSNNE.com on Saturday, is “extremely thin….”
Some of the possibilities for the C’s include former Celtic James Posey, Al Thornton and DeShawn Stevenson.
However, some if not all of them may bet larger money offers elsewhere.
Boston is mostly going to have to make due with the guys on the roster, which means Bass, Pavlovic and Daniels are going to have to have big years if the Celtics are to get anywhere near their goals.
We knew reaching those goals would be tough for Boston and that injuries would play a factor. We just didn’t expect Green to be the one that is out.