The Boston Celtics front office just recently extended a qualifying offer to four-year veteran forward Jeff Green to make him a restricted free-agent as the NBA enters its first work stoppage since the 1998-99 season. Boston submitted the one-year, $5.9 million tender this afternoon, which allows the franchise to match any offer a team might make for Green once the lockout is lifted.
“These last couple months have been great, like I said, hopefully you’ll see more,” said Green following Boston’s Game 5 loss in the Eastern Conference Semifinals to the Miami Heat. “All I’m going to do is just get better. There’s a lot to my game that a lot of people haven’t seen, a lot of dimensions that I can bring to this team or wherever I’m at.”
Green averaged 9.8 points, 3.3 rebounds in 23.5 minutes over 26 games with the Celtics. He served as the main piece in Boston’s trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder that sent Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson away for him and Nenad Krstic. “He’s a highly efficient offensive player that plays good defense, that has great character, that’s 6-foot-9, versatile, athletic, and that’s what we need,” said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. “And he’s young, and I think he’s just going to get better because of his character and his work ethic.” More NBA off-season updates to come!