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A few Celtics related news and notes items for this morning.
Folks have started wondering if there's something going on with the Jeff Green situation. He isn't signed officially yet, despite being introduced as a Celtic already. Does that mean something crazy like a trade is going to happen? Well, no actually.
David Falk, the agent for Jeff Green, said Wednesday that his clients contract is still not done but he and the Celtics are working out "minor contract details" and that the deal is "imminent." The two sides have agreed to the framework of a four-year, $36 million deal to return to the Celtics and Green participated in a press conference nearly two weeks ago, but Falk said they are still negotiating issues dealing with the new collective bargaining agreement. "I expect it will be done imminently," he said. "Just some collective bargaining issues that changed. Just some details stuff, nothing serious."
As expected, the Celtics are going to be very cautious with Avery Bradley. He could be out till December or later, but we'll see.
"We know there's a possibility that Avery won't be able to play the first month of the season," Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said. "So we have to be prepared for that. You never know how these things play out. "Will it be a month? Or two months? I don't think it'll be much longer than that, or he could be back sooner. You try to build a roster where you can get by with any injury, that can sustain you through a short period of time."
"We haven’t heard from (the Celtics), so we’ll move on," said Pietrus’ agent, Bill McKandless. "I’m not surprised. If we hear from them Mike will be thrilled, and if not then I guess that’s life in the big city. "Mike is fine," said McKandless. "He’s had a great career. He’s 30, so he’s in his prime. It’s not as if he’s 36."
That said, business was business. The Celtics weren’t prepared to offer the young center anything more than the $1 million qualifying offer they made to him last month. "I’m not surprised. I really would have liked to come back to Boston, but business went another way," said the Wisconsin native. "I hate to make it that simple, but I had to do what’s best for me and my family."
Good for Greg.