Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green has struggled mightily this season, often looking uncomfortable and tentative on both ends of the floor. He did temporarily shake out of his funk this past Saturday against the Milwaukee Bucks. Overall, he is only averaging around seven points and two rebounds thus far and he has to be labeled a huge disappointment at this stage of the game. Green got handsomely paid this offseason, re-signing with the Celtics for four years and $36 million. I was never a huge fan of the deal, simply for the fact that it never seemed like a wise decision to pay someone that kind of money coming off serious heart surgery that sidelined him for the previous season.
The problem with Green is that he really isn’t a very good player. He is solid, and that is certainly fine, but not for the kind of money they are paying him. They would have been much better off signing someone in the offseason for a shorter deal and allocating the remaining money in another direction.
Green teased us all in the preseason, often dominating at times and looking like a go to player on the court for the Celtics. Green has looked entirely different during the regular season and GM Danny Ainge has to be frustrated with his play after giving him such a nice contract not more than a year ago.
Green, as you recall, was acquired two years ago at the trading deadline from the Oklahoma City Thunder in the deal that sent Kendrick Perkins to the Thunder. The deal doesn’t look as awful now as Perkins looks like a shell of what he once was, and perhaps could be an amnesty cut candidate at some point in the near future.
Jeff Green is struggling along with the rest of the Celtics roster this season and his production absolutely has to improve as the season continues.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18