Last year, Danny Ainge baffled Celtics fans when he traded Kendrick Perkins to the Oklahoma City Thunder in order to bring Jeff Green back to Boston. The Celtics chemistry was ruined and their lack of a big body in the middle made them no match for Miami as they were bounced in the second round of the playoffs. Jeff Green was mediocre at best, and the deal was dubbed one of the worst in team history by most Celtics supporters.
This season, many were hopeful that Green would have a breakout season and provide some justification for the move. But a rare heart condition will end Jeff Green’s season before it begins, as he will have surgery to fix an aortic aneurysm. Supposedly the surgery should make Green fully functional again and after his rehab is completed he will be able to return to the NBA next year. Hopefully that is the case, but this is a big blow to a Celtics squad who is trying to make one last run at a Championship with aging stars Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce leading the team. It really is a shame, but all Celtics fans can do is send their best wishes Green’s way and hope he makes a full recovery.