in a move that was not made public, withdrew Green's qualifying offer in mid-December, right around the time he failed his physical and had his one-year, $9 million contract voided. The move means Green is now an unrestricted free agent. Had the offer not been withdrawn, and the Celtics were under no obligation whatsoever to do so, Green would have been a restricted free agent, with the Celtics able to match any offer he might get from another team.
Before you think this is a way to flat out cut ties with Green…
It may have been nothing more than a goodwill gesture on the part of the Celtics to Green and his agent, David Falk, who said the team has been "phenomenal" in handling the situation.
"It was not something we expected or bargained for, but coming as it did after such devastating medical news it was almost like an early Christmas present," Falk said.
This really doesn't mean all THAT much. Green was free to solicit offers anyway, the C's just gave up their right to match. They still own his Bird Rights (which may not mean much with so much cap space next season) so they can still sign him to whatever they want.
I guess we'll wait and see.
Now THAT'S analysis.