Jeff Green is the subject of today’s Summer Forecast on ESPN Boston. Here’s my take on expectations for JG:
Chuck McKenney, Red’s Army
I’m expecting a lot from Green and that’s because Danny Ainge seemingly outbid the entire NBA with the reported four-year contract valued somewhere around $32-36 million. I’m begging anyone to show me a rumor that involved another team willing to give Green anything close to the deal he’s supposed to sign in Boston. Let’s move on to the facts. Green struggled mightily in the 26 games he played for Boston in 2011. He was passive and out of sync. Last season was supposed to be his redemption, but he was forced to have heart surgery. Fortunately, all signs point to Green being heart healthy this year. There might be some rust, but he’ll shake it off in camp. For the Celtics to make another deep playoff run, Green must contribute consistent offense (15-17 points per game) off the bench. I think he can do that. The real questions about Green come in the next two to three years — as Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett fade, is Green capable of carrying the torch? Yikes.
The one common thread among the panel – uncertainty. Nobody knows how much of a factor Jeff Green will be on this team. There is agreement that for the Celtics to be rock solid title contenders, Green must perform at a relatively high level.