Info on Green may be announced tonight


Info on Green may be announced tonight

BOSTON There's still no word on when Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green will be cleared to play with the Celtics.

One thing is clear: Whatever is condition is, it's something that the team is taking extremely serious.

That's why the C's are getting a second opinion on his undisclosed health issue, which has prevented him from taking the floor with the team.

Coach Doc Rivers said that Green and Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, went to see "another set of doctors" today.

Rivers declined to say where the two went, but did say he anticipates finding out today whether or not he'll have Green at the start of the season.

"They're either going to say he can or can't; one of the two, that's the way I look at it," Rivers said. "If he can't play immediately, that would make things more difficult, there's no doubt. That's why we have Sasha Pavlovic and Marquis Daniels in here, who can play the three (small forward)."

It's clear that the Celtics' primary concern right now is to pinpoint exactly what Green's health-related issue is, and how to proceed accordingly with that information.

However, that must be balanced with the reality that with or without Green, the Celtics still have a season to prepare for.

And that preparation will change if Green isn't available.

"What it would take us away from, is going small," Rivers said. "You game-plan all summer about this small lineup we're going to run with Kevin and jeff. If he doesn't, that's a month of work you have to throw away."

Rivers added, "Let's just hope he's good."

NBA reaches seven-year labor agreement with players' union

NBA reaches seven-year labor agreement with players' union

When was the last time you saw any labor contract — not just the NBA, not just pro sports, but in any business — get done before either side could opt-out, let alone the actual deadline?

That’s what happened with the NBA’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The teams had until Dec. 15 of last year to opt out, with the real deadline for a new deal being July 1 of this year. Yet the two sides reached a deal before either side even opted out.

Thursday the NBA and National Basketball Players’ Association announced that the new CBA had been signed. It’s a seven-year deal that kicks in July 1.

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