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Yup, it's about time for a Jeff Green article

Breaking: Jeff Green's agent thinks highly of him. More news as it develops.

Jared Wickerham

Has Kevin Love been traded yet?  No?  Ok, so I guess we have to carry on with our offseason.  So that means it is just about time for our monthly Jeff Green article.  You don't have to read this, but I do have to write it.  It is in my contract somewhere.  I really have no choice.  You also don't have to engage in pointless debates in the comments about this.  Unless you are into that sort of thing.  Again, I have to at least skim the comments, however begrudgingly.  But ya, go ahead, you do you.

Preamble aside, the reason this article is being written is because Steve Bulpett did his job by asking Jeff Green's agent about Jeff Green.  In particular since his agent happens to be the same agent that helped Evan Turner find a home with the Celtics.  That agent is David Falk (super agent to the stars that made his name repping Michael Jordan) and he happens to also represent Jared Sullinger.

I'll spare you each quote and encourage you to click the link and read them for yourself, but here's the gist.

  • Danny Ainge is a smart guy and he'll figure out how to put all the pieces together, despite the apparent overlaps.
  • Falk is a really big fan of Jeff Green.
  • Green is both fundamentally sound and a freak athlete.  Few have that combination.
  • Falk is a really big fan of Jeff Green.
  • Danny Ainge is going to have to manage the roster.
  • He won't comment on how Jeff Green would fit into trades in part because Jeff Green is in a good situation in Boston.
  • "Jeff turned down a lot of bigger offers to stay in Boston"
  • Falk is a really big fan of Jeff Green

Falk is doing his job here, so no faulting him of that.  Of course he wants to talk up Jeff Green headed into what could be a contract year (he's got a player option to become a free agent next summer).

Falk also helped the Celtics sign a guy that will compete with Green for playing time and (at least in theory) could be an eventual replacement for him if Green is shipped elsewhere.  He puts all the pressure on Danny Ainge to figure all that out but he has a vested interest in keeping both guys (plus Sullinger) happy and productive.  So it will be very interesting to see if Ainge makes a move with Green this summer.

In theory I like Jeff Green almost as much as Falk does.  By all accounts he's a really, really nice guy and he has overcome heart surgery to play at a high level in the NBA.  That's something to root for.  In practice I think Jeff Green is a support player that might make more sense on a team that could contribute sooner rather than later.  Scott Souza said the same yesterday.

The Adam Jones Show: Celtics Moving On From Jeff Green? " CBS Boston

"He’s not a guy that you can build around. He’s more of a complementary player, and at this point with this team that may be more attractive to somebody else than it would be for the Celtics. As far as being the no. 2 or no. 3 guy on a rebuilding team, he just doesn’t really seem to fit. So I think he’d be the logical guy [to move]."

I think Green does have talent and he shouldn't be given away for nothing.  I also wouldn't be all that upset if he wasn't traded because he does bring experience and (sometimes) productivity to the court (and because winning still makes sense).  But if the Celtics get a decent return for him, I don't think they'd hesitate to move him and I'd be perfectly fine with that.

Thus endeth my mandatory Jeff Green article.