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Your Morning Dump… Is Jeff Green the 2nd best free agent on the market?

Chuck - Red's Army June 17, 2012 Celtics News, Free Agency, The Morning Dump 14 Comments

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

While there is a strong mutual interest in Green returning to the Celtics, Falk said it’s far from certain that it will turn out that way. Boston has nine unrestricted free agents in all, most notably Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. And judging by his view of the free agent market on the whole, Falk — who is best known as the longtime agent of Michael Jordan and an influential advocate of the league’s stars for the last 30 years — will be driving a hard bargain as always.

“With the possible exception of (Brooklyn point guard) Deron Williams, I think that Jeff will probably be the No. 1 unrestricted free agent on the market,” Falk said. “It’s not like we have LeBron (James) and (Dwyane) Wade and all these guys floating around.

“I’d be very surprised if Deron Williams winds up anywhere besides Dallas or New Jersey (Brooklyn). So the next guy in the pecking order is Jeff Green.”

SI – Green garnering plenty of interest while ex-team plays for title

There’s a reason David Faulk is one of the best sports agents around. He’s great at playing the game. I find it hard to believe that a player who missed an entire season due to heart surgery is one of the top free agents on the market. But as Sam Amick points out in his article, most of the big names on the market are in their 30s.

Because of Green’s age (he turns 26 in Aug.), the clean bill of health from doctors, and his athleticism, he’s going to draw interest.  So where do the Celtics rank in the list of “12-14″ teams allegedly interested in Green?

“I know that (the Celtics) want Jeff to come back, from (general manager) Danny (Ainge) to the owners to Doc and to his teammates,” said Falk of Green, who was drafted fifth overall by Boston out of Georgetown in 2007 as part of a draft-night trade with Seattle (now Oklahoma City). “He loves Boston. We’re waiting to see what happens with KG, what happens with Ray…There are other teams that could be very, very interesting to him around the league that will also have cap room.”

“We’ve picked out three or four teams, of which Boston is one, that he has a high level of interest in talking to,” Falk said. “I would say that Boston is the incumbent, but I’ve learned in this business not to assume things. Nothing is guaranteed.”

The Celtics have Green’s Bird rights which means they can offer an additional contract year (5 vs 4) and higher annual raises (7.5% vs 4.5%).

So how much is Green worth? The Celtics were willing to pay him $8 million last season. Does that translate into a 5-year, $40+ million contract? I’m not sure I’d go that high – on years and salary.

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston – Will Green be back next season? | Marquis Daniels report card | Globe – Perk expects Garnett to play again with Celtics | Herald – Celtics final report card | WEEI - Is Rondo ready to become leader of Celtics? | CSNNE – Take your pick: Durant or Big 3?

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  • Jester00

    I would rather have Ryan Gomes, I can’t stand Jeff Green

  • KY Celts fan

    I thought we gave up our bird rights to him, no?

    • PapaIrish

      No, He just went from a restricted to unrestricted FA. They kept his Bird Rights.

  • classless

    I just hope he doesn’t turn into a dead contract in the future

  • play

    All this is is clearly just an agent trying to build value for a larger payday. Deron Williams, Eric Gordon, Gerald Wallace, Chris Kaman, Ersan Ilyasova, etc etc. all come to mind as free agents that are better at least in my opinion. Hell, KG and Ray are bigger name free agents themselves.

  • paul

    I don’t think the Celtics should go for anyone who isn’t exactly what we want to go with Rondo.

  • Astarot

    We still have Bird rights for him (he was part of a deal and they had to get rid of his salary from the cap when it turned out he needed surgery)? Either way I would not go anywhere higher than 28-30 mln 4yr deal.

  • RedsLoveChild

    Very good things happened the last time Ainge got rid of the overrated, passionless, lackluster Jeff Green……Do It Again!!!

  • Celtkicks

    I get excited by the prospect of Jeff running with Rondo

  • Lee in Oregon

    Jeff Green seems to have improved while missing an entire year with heart surgery. Seriously, this guy has never done anything to impress me to the point where he’s worth 8 mil a year. I’m not hating on the guy, he’s a decent player, but I think DA has an unhealthy infatuation with the guy due to the Perk trade. There are some better forwards out there (Maxiel & Landry). Hell, you could argue Jordan Hill, KMart, Diaw……my point being I’m going to be very dissapointed if our big free agent grab for this summer is Jeff Green, who’s quite frankly had a very mediocre 4 year career.

  • paul

    We need to stop overpaying for people.

  • Quest

    Green did nothing to impress me when he was on the Celtics’ court.
    OKC traded him for a reason. There must be better on the market.

  • ShawnCVD

    I feel Green needs a 1 year deal for 8 mil or 5 years at 6 per with player option after 2 and team after 3. Let him earn his keep. If some idiot gm wants to throw 8 million over 4+ years Boston doesn’t need him and Ainge will be off the hook…

  • Eric

    Danny Ainge should bring back the core.. Bring back Garnett and Ray, and resign Stiemsma and Bass. Then start building around that. Let the younger guys get more playing time too. Etwaun Moore and Jajuan Johnson remind me a bit of Ray and KG. Moore can shoot and cut, Johnson has a mid range game and can develop under KG. There’s nothing wrong with the team we have, we just lost cuz of the injuries. We would’ve won if everyone were healthy.