Bad news — and scary news — out of Boston this afternoon as Jeff Green is out for the season with an aortic aneurysm.
From Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe: The “aortic aneurysm was detected during his Dec. 9 physical. Green was examined by a series of cardiologists who suggested surgery. The Celtics said he should be able to resume his career next season. Green reached out on Twitter after the announcement. “Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers… much appreciated love you all..and I’ll be back soon stronger and better than ever I promise,” he wrote. “While we are saddened that Jeff will not be able to play this season, the most important thing is his health, and we were fortunate to have access to an amazing team of specialists to evaluate Jeff’s case,” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said in a statement. “The entire Celtics family supports Jeff during this difficult time in his career.” Green was expected to serve as the primary reserve small forward and give the Celtics some youth, athleticism and size in this compacted season. He signed a one-year, $8 million contract last week and it is uncertain whether the club would receive a roster exception to add another player of that salary. It is also uncertain whether Green’s contract will be voided.