Jeff Green underwent heart surgery on Monday that his agent called “100 percent successful.” On Tuesday, Green’s agent told the Boston Globe the Boston Celtics would be on his short list of teams once he’s available to play next season.
“The doctor said he would have an easier return than if he came back from an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament),” Falk said. “We’re not going to give any details other to say the surgery corrected the problem and the next step will be rehab.
“I think Jeff has an important future value to the Celtics. He has a very positive feeling about Boston. I think that it will be one of a short list of teams that he will talk to when the time comes.” …
“Now that he’s unrestricted and he has the legal right to talk to every team, Boston is obviously a team he is very interested in,” Falk said. “We’re going to continue our discussions with an appropriate time with Boston. I don’t think his status is going to change their need for him or his interest in talking with them.”
My thoughts on a Green return all depend on his contract and Boston’s situation. Do I want them to commit to Green as a franchise cornerstone, paying him somewhere between $7-9 million per season for multiple years? No. I don’t think Green’s the kind of player a team should build around, unless said team wants to be mired in mediocrity. But there are situations when signing Green would be a great addition. (Read: the deal the Celtics signed him to this season, which would have overpaid Green for one season to maintain future cap flexibility while adding a versatile backup small forward capable of making plays.)
Really, though, the important thing is that his surgery was a success. Jeff Green should be playing basketball next season, and that’s great news.