The Celtics have extended a qualifying offer to Jeff Green, making him a restricted free agent. The team will have the opportunity to match any other offers made to the forward from other teams.
Green is 6'9" and averaged 13.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 32.4 minutes per game last season, playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Celtics. In 26 games with Boston, he shot 48.5 from the field.
The Celtics also announced that they exercised a 201213 option on Avery Bradley's contract.
Danny Ainge made no secret of being miffed when Kansas small forward Josh Jackson canceled his workout with the Celtics in Sacramento at the last minute.
The Celtics, of course, passed on Jackson and selected Jayson Tatum of Duke with the third overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night.
Suns GM Ryan McDonough's comments at Jackson's introductory press conference lend some credence to the theory that the canceled workout was part of Phoenix's plan to keep the Celtics from selecting Jackson and leave him for the Suns at No. 4.
Check out this portion of Jackson's presser via a tweet from Mike McClune of KPHO-TV:
"I think you guys who know me well know how competitive I am. Look, it is a competition," said McDonough, a former assistant GM to Ainge with the C's "The Celtics were ahead of us at No. 3 and they could have selected whoever they wanted to. I think they got a very good player in Jayson Tatum, but that doesn’t mean B.J. [Armstrong, Jackson's agent] and I and...other members of my staff couldn’t talk and try to formulate the best plan to get a player we were really high on to a place we felt he really wanted to go and would be a great fit for him.
"We played by the rules – I guess,” McDonough said to some laughter in the room.
Jackson will certainly get more playing time with the rebuilding Suns that the contending Celtics. Ainge called Jackson "a terrific kid and a good player” after the draft, and said the Celtics were set on Tatum all along, even if they hadn't traded the No. 1 pick.
Jackson said his decision to blow off Ainge coach Brad Stevens and assistant GM Mike Zarren after their cross-country flight was "last-minute" and his plans to work out "just didn't work out."
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