Re: GREG ODEN
posted at 2/6/2012 11:30 PM EST
Falk thought they were making a mistake but agreed to it ...
/> Boston is still in the mix.
"It's a place he's going to give very strong consideration regardless of his status," said Falk, Green's agent, on Friday.
The Celtics were proactive in helping Green find the source of his problems after his physical with the team in early December revealed a problem. Boston provided a number of specialists for Green, who recommended he undergo surgery.
"I thought they handled it really first class," Falk said. "They helped us with the doctors. They were terrific. He's going to go back to Boston and rehab. He was very appreciative. It's not like he'd been there for a while."
But Boston nonetheless got off the hook for the $9 million by rescinding the offer.
"I tried to talk them out of it, for their own benefit," Falk said. "But they had reasons. It was like a Christmas present. If you have the choice of being a restricted free agent or an unrestricted free agent, I don't think too many people would say I'd like to be restricted."
The Wizards, according to sources, have long coveted Green, who played locally at Georgetown and who would provide some desperately needed maturity and young experience next season for one of the league's most callow teams. Assuming the Wizards use their amnesty provision next summer to free themselves from the final season of Rashard Lewis's contract -- $22.69 million -- they'd be in prime position to give Green a big payday, assuming everything checks out post-operation. And if the Nets, say, lose out in the Dwight Howard-Deron Williams sweepstakes, they'll have a lot of flexibility, too.http://www.nba.com/2012/news/features/david_aldridge/01/16/few-extensions-for-players/index.html