Earlier today, I casually mentioned that a lot of the hypothetical numbers we’ve been throwing around hinge on assumed numbers. We all assumed Jeff Green’s contract would be somewhere in the $9 million neighborhood. Well, it’s sort of in that neighborhood.
One source with knowledge of the talks says it may be in the four years, $40 million neighborhood, but it is not done.
“I’m confident it’ll get done,” Falk told SI.com. “I guess they got (Brandon) Bass’ (contract) done, which is great. Jeff is trying to get a sense of what the team looks like first before he makes a commitment, but I expect he’ll be there and I expect it’ll be done by the 11th (when the free agency moratorium ends). We’ve gotten a lot of interest from other teams. But as far as Boston, we’re very confident we’ll get it done.
“He wants to be in Boston. He’s excited about the moves they’ve made. He’s hoping Ray Allen comes back as well, because he feels very close to Ray Allen.” Allen is visiting Miami today and appears to be down to Boston and the Heat for his considerations.
The Celtics can give Jeff Green $9 million this year. They’re also allowed to give him maximum raises of 7.5%. So if they do that over four years, that’s $42 million. So the Celtics can start the number slightly below $9 million this year and reach that number over four years.
Of course, this is his agent talking… and Falk is one of the best. He’s alternately blowing smoke up Danny’s ass while threatening him at the same time.
“we love it in Boston and really want to stay even though we’ve got a lot of interest from a lot of teams. I mean, they REALLY want Jeff Green… but we’ll be happy to throw this large number out there so we’re justified in turning down a significantly lower offer”
He’s a slick one.
Still, the math is right for this year. We can debate years and overall value… that’s valid… but the math for THIS season and the current cap situation works.
As for Ray coming back? He’s having a sleepover in Miami to think things over. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad.
On the bad side… he’s close enough to going there where he’s sleeping on it.
On the good side… the Miami folks might try too hard to show him a good time and it might work against them. Ray’s a pro… and he might not like all the distractions Miami brings.
We’ll see tomorrow, maybe.