The Celtics formally extended a qualifying offer to Jeff Green, making him a restricted free agent in the state of limbo we also refer to as the NBA.
Extending the qualifying offer does not automatically mean Green will play for the Celtics next season. Rather, it will give the Celtics an opportunity to match any contract offered to Green this summer. Green could also choose to play next season under Boston’s one-year tender (worth $5,908,640), after which he would become an unrestricted free agent. You know, if next season actually exists.
Another option for the Celtics would be using Green in a sign-and-trade deal. This would allow the Celtics to receive assets in return for Green, preferably a capable player (or capable players) in the final year of his (or their) contract(s).
In other news, the Celtics picked up Avery Bradley’s 2012-’13 contract option. Wake me up when the lockout ends.