Monday, December 19, 2011

Surgery ends Green's season

Boston Celtics will be without Jeff Green for the entire season after the forward was forced to endure surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm.

It is hoped that Green will be able to resume his NBA career next season as a result of the operation which may well have saved the 25-year-old's life.

"While we are saddened that Jeff will not be able to play this season, the most important thing is his health," said Celtics president Danny Ainge. Anyone placing an online NBA bet should remember this.

"We were fortunate to have access to an amazing team of specialists to evaluate Jeff's case."

Green's aneurysm was detected during his physical after he reported for a training camp earlier this month. If Green had not had the operation and the aorta had ruptured, it could have been fatal.

Green averaged 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds last season after joining the Celtics from Oklahoma City Thunder.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers has intimated that he will rely on Marquis Daniels and Sasha Pavlovic to replace Green for the time being.

Daniels is fit again after having surgery to repair his spine earlier in the year while Pavlovic only signed a new one-year deal last week. The Celtics have little money to play with to sign a new player to replace Green as, even with the forward's $9million salary voided, they are still over the salary cap.

They have been linked with former player James Posey, who is currently without a team after being waived by the Indiana Pacers through the amnesty clause. Posey played with the Celtics in 2008.

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