Jeff Green’s agent, David Falk, is Danny Ainge’s good friend. In terms of Green signing in Boston, I’m not exactly sure what that means. But it can’t hurt, and Falk says he and Green will give the Celtics every chance to sign Green.
To which I respond: No shit, Sherlock. He’s a restricted free agent, meaning the C’s can match any offer he’s granted.(Boston Globe)
“First of all, I have a very longstanding friendship with Doc [Rivers] and Danny [Ainge],’’ Falk said after the Celtics beat the Knicks, 96-86, last night at Madison Square Garden. “You got a championship-caliber team, three Hall of Famers and [Rajon] Rondo really coming into his own.’’
“There’s a lot of uncertainty because no one knows what the rules are going to be, so I told [Green] I don’t want him to spend one nanosecond thinking about next year,’’ Falk said. “I want him thinking about how he can help the team be a factor in the playoffs. And I think he needs to take the next 30 games to get acclimated, learn the plays, get to know how the guys play and I think he can help them in the playoffs.’’…
“Jeff is a thinking-man’s player and Doc is a thinking-man’s coach,’’ he said. “He wasn’t looking for a new situation. He wasn’t asking to be traded. I think both players [Green and Perkins] were traded because of economics. He was drafted by Boston, a Big East guy, lives in Washington and he’s very excited, learning a lot and can’t ask for a better environment and win a title in his fourth year.
“Of course [he’d be interested in staying in Boston]. He’s in a great situation . . . He’s a Celtic kind of a guy. He just wants to win.’’
Theoretically, Boston’s a perfect place for Green to grow. He can come off the bench this year and next (assuming there IS a next year), and learn the ropes from a whole bunch of Hall of Famers. Then the Hall of Famers will grow older and retire, and Green can be thrust into a far bigger role when he is (again, theoretically) more ready to play one.
But there’s an elephant in the room: money.
P.S. – Speaking about money: There are times to think about money, and those times do not include “when the team you general manage is a favorite to win an NBA championship.” Thus, I would hate Danny Ainge forever if he made the trade “because of economics,” as Falk asserts. You know, I’d hate Ainge forever unless the Celtics win a title this season, or until I remembered the line “ANYTHIINNGGG ISSS POSSSIIIBBBLLLEEEEE.”