The Celtics wasted no time by signing first-round pick Gerald Green yesterday. Then again, both the team and Green's agent, Andy Vye, want the 19-year-old in the mix as soon as possible. Under the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, Green signed a contract with two years guaranteed and a team option for a third. Although the new rookie salary scale will not be set until July 22, Green should make approximately $2 million over the next two seasons based on what previous No. 18 picks earned.
More important, Green will get his first taste of the NBA and the Celtics' system tomorrow when summer league practice starts in Las Vegas. Boston will start to find out what it has in the youngster, and Green will start to see how the 33 points, 13 rebounds, and 7 assists he averaged as a senior at Gulf Shores Academy translates to the professional level. The Celtics hope Green follows a trajectory similar to that of Al Jefferson, but if he doesn't, executive director of basketball operations Danny Ainge has said a carefully supervised stint in the developmental league could be an option.