Agent: Celtics agree to deal with Green


Agent: Celtics agree to deal with Green

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Ray Allen-to-Miami hangover didn't last too long for the Boston Celtics, who immediately went about locking up one of their other top targets this offseason - Jeff Green.

Green's agent David Falk told that his client an agreement "in principle" does exist between him and the C's, with both sides planning to make it official on Wednesday.

"We have come to an understanding of the terms," Falk said. "I've expressed all along. It was Jeff's strong desire to return to Boston."

Falk declined to discuss specifics of the deal, but his new deal is expected to average close to 10 million per season. That would be in line with the one-year, 9 million contract Green signed prior to last season that was ultimately voided.

Green, the central piece acquired by the Celtics in their trade with Oklahoma City for Kendrick Perkins in 2011, missed all of last season when a routine pre-season physical showed that he had a heart condition that ultimately required season-ending surgery.

Celtics-Bulls preview: C's quickly turn page to new-look Bulls


Celtics-Bulls preview: C's quickly turn page to new-look Bulls

BOSTON – Change is an inevitable when it comes to NBA rosters.

Just as the Boston Celtics significantly altered the outlook many had for them this season by signing Al Horford to a four-year, $113 million contract, they face a Chicago Bulls team tonight that has also undergone significant change.

The Bulls traded away one favorite son (Derrick Rose) and went about adding another in Dwyane Wade.

In addition to Wade, Chicago also signed former Celtic All-Star Rajon Rondo to join a team headlined by All-Star guard Jimmy Butler.

As easy as it could have been to worry about the struggles they had in disposing of the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, the Celtics knew they had to immediately turn the page and shift their focus towards a Chicago Bulls team that’s looking to start its season with a quality win over the Celtics.

“They’re a good team. They have great players over there,” said Jae Crowder. “They’re trying to figure it out. They’re going to be very excited to play of course. We have to take care of business, play the way we want to play and impose our will even more.”

One of the keys to knocking off the Bulls will be to get better play from their second unit.

Boston’s backups were outscored 58-40 but more significant than that was their inability to hold off the late-charging Nets which forced head coach Brad Stevens to bring his starters back on to the floor with about two minutes to play.

Among the reasons contributing to the bench’s ineffective play on Wednesday was the fact that Marcus Smart (left ankle sprain) was out.

Remember, Smart has been with the second unit for all of training camp minus the second half of their 121-96 preseason loss to the New York Knicks.

Crowder believes not having Smart, who will be out for another week or so, was indeed a factor in the second unit’s struggles.

“They trying to figure it out on the fly,” Crowder said. “With a few days of practice and probably one tough day of practice without him. It’s tough but they’re figuring it out. There’s no other way to figure it out but in a game. They’ll figure it out as soon as possible.”