Agent: Green likely to re-sign with Celtics after missing '11-12 season
Jeff Green's agent is optimistic that the forward will re-sign with the Celtics
A source said the sides are working on a four-year deal in the $40 million range
Boston already has reached deals with Kevin Garnett, Brandon Bass, Jason Terry
Free-agent forward Jeff Green is likely to re-sign with the Boston Celtics, according to his agent.
Green played the second half of the 2010-11 season in Boston after being traded from Oklahoma City, but he missed the entire 2011-12 season because of a heart condition that required surgery to repair an aneurysm on Jan. 12. His agent, David Falk, had said previously that Green's return wasn't certain and that the Celtics' ability to maintain a competitive roster in the Eastern Conference would play a part in the 25-year-old's decision making.
Since then, the Celtics reached a deal with forward-center Kevin Garnett, who reportedly will receive a three-year, $34 million contract, while also coming to terms with power forward Brandon Bass on a reported three-year, $20 million deal). The future of free-agent shooting guard Ray Allen remains uncertain, as he visited Miami on Thursday and appears to be seriously considering the Heat. Boston also agreed to a three-year, $15.6 million deal with former Dallas sixth man Jason Terry, according to reports.
"I'm confident it'll get done," Falk told SI.com of Green's deal. "I guess [Boston] got Bass' [contract] done, which is great. Jeff is trying to get a sense of what the team looks like first before he makes a commitment, but I expect he'll be there and I expect it'll be done by the 11th" of July, when the free agency moratorium ends and deals can be signed.
"We've gotten a lot of interest from other teams," Falk said. "But as far as Boston, we're very confident it'll get done. He wants to be in Boston. He's excited about the moves they've made. He's hoping Ray Allen comes back as well, because he's very close to Ray Allen."
A source with knowledge of the talks said Green's deal may be "in the neighborhood" of four years for $40 million, though the two sides are continuing talks. Green became an unrestricted free agent last December when Boston withdrew its $9 million qualifying offer because of his heart condition.