HANG TIME NEW JERSEY BUREAU — The Boston Celtics need as much depth as possible in this condensed season, so re-signing Jeff Green was a critical move for Danny Ainge, no matter how poorly Green fit in after arriving from Oklahoma City last season.
And with the news that Green will miss the the season after having surgery Monday to repair an aortic aneurysm, the Celtics’ chances of returning to The Finals have possibly been dealt a huge blow.
Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald has the story on Green…
The Celtics provided no official word on Jeff Green last night, but all indications are that the forward will miss significant time as he tends to an unspecified medical issue.
Green flew to Cleveland yesterday with president Danny Ainge for further testing at the Cleveland Clinic after abnormalities were revealed in a stress test during the player’s physical last week.
Ainge said last night he was awaiting results from the latest exams, but sources said the problem has been detected and that decisions were being made on the best course of action. It has been noted in the Herald that a surgical procedure on Green may be needed to complement medication.
The primary concern, of course, is Green’s long-term health, and Bulpett quotes sources saying that he “should be fine in the long run.”
But poor bench play was the primary reason the Celtics fell short last season. And without Green, they’d be left with a second unit of Keyon Dooling, Marquis Daniels, Sasha Pavlovic, Brandon Bass and Chris Wilcox, which probably isn’t going to cut it with a veteran core that needs to stay fresh.
So with these new details of Green’s condition, the Celtics’ season may be hanging in the balance.