NBA Free Agency 2012: Celtics Want Jeff Green Back, Danny Ainge Says

The Boston Celtics are nearing completion on a deal to bring back forward Jeff Green, according to general manager Danny Ainge. Green was ruled out for the 2011-12 season after doctors discovered an aortic aneurysm in the 25-year-old. He should be ready to play for the start of the 2012-13 season, however.

"We intend to have Jeff back," Ainge said. "Nothing is done, but we intend to have him back. I think we're going to enter a contract with him, hopefully by the end of the moratorium."

Green has been motivated throughout his rehab, according to Ainge. He was acquired at the 2011 trade deadline in a deal with that sent Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Green averaged 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in his 26 appearances with the Celtics.

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