Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge took care of some housekeeping today, making two, expected moves. First, he extended a $5.9 million qualifying offer to forward Jeff Green. Green came over from Oklahoma City late last season along with Nenad Krstic for Kendrick Perkins. If another team offers Green more money, he has the right to sign with them. However, Boston would also have an opportunity to match.
“I think that because of his versatility — and maybe the expectations were too high because we were trading Kendrick Perkins for him, or I don’t know what it is, but we knew that he wasn’t going to start, we knew he wasn’t going to play 35 minutes. We needed a veteran player, an experienced player, an athletic player, so we know what Jeff Green is. He’s a highly efficient offensive player that plays good defense, that has great character, that’s 6-foot-9, versatile, athletic, and that’s what we need. And he’s young, and I think he’s just going to get better because of his character and his work ethic.”