The Boston Celtics finally signed Jeff Green to a contract believed to be four years in length and worth 36 million dollars. It was a foregone conclusion that Green would sign with the Celtics. They had a handshake agreement with him since shortly after the free agent signing period began on July 1st. The two sides were so confident that a deal would be completed, Green appeared at a July press conference with other free agent signees Jason Terry, Brandon Bass and Chris Wilcox to discuss the excitement each player has for the upcoming season in Celtics green.
Green arrived in Boston on February 24, 2011 with Center Nenad Kristic and a Number one draft pick that has turned out to be Center Fab Melo, in the now famous trade that sent defensive-minded Center Kendrick Perkins and high-energy Guard Nat Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge traded for Green because he needed a player who can defend New York Knicks Forward Carmelo Anthony and Miami Heat Forward Lebron James. Ainge echoed as much in his statement on the Celtics website. "Jeff's versatility on offense and ability to guard players out on the perimeter is something that we are looking forward to having on the court this season."
Unfortunately he was unable to fulfill this role in the 2011-2012 season due to an aortic aneurysm that kept him sidelined for the entire year. His absence was certainly felt during the 2012 playoffs, most notably in games six and seven of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Heat, when James effectively ripped apart the Celtics' defense to lead the Heat to the Eastern Conference title.
Barring another injury this season, Green will get his chance to defend James, Anthony and the other dominant scoring Forwards in the NBA. Green's statement on the Celtics website appears to reflect his enthusiasm for the opportunity. "I cannot wait to get back out onto the court and help this team towards our goal of winning another championship for Boston."
Green will also have the opportunity to prove that he is the all-star caliber player many projected him to be when he entered the NBA in 2007. However, even if he is only able to produce numbers consistent with his career averages of 13.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while defending the likes of James and Anthony, he will be making a significant contribution to the Boston Celtics this upcoming season.