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Celtics keep Green, Bradley

By Julian Benbow
Globe Staff / July 1, 2011

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On the last day the Celtics were able to conduct business before the lockout was declared, they made two moves yesterday, extending a one-year, $5.9 million qualifying offer to Jeff Green and exercising the $1.6 million option on Avery Bradley’s contract for 2012-13.

The qualifying offer makes Green a restricted free agent, allowing the Celtics to match any offer from another team. Green, a 24-year-old forward, was the centerpiece of - and the only remaining piece from - the deal that sent Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City at the trade deadline in February.

Green averaged 13.9 points and 5.6 rebounds in 75 games last season, though his numbers with the Celtics (9.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg) dipped in 26 games, mostly off the bench. Team president Danny Ainge has said that Green will likely play more next season, potentially taking a spot in the starting lineup. Before coming to Boston, he had started 261 of his 289 NBA games.

Picking up Bradley’s option is a vote of confidence for the 20-year-old guard, who played 30 games as a rookie last season. Two years ago, the Celtics passed on picking up the option on J.R. Giddens, their first-round pick in 2008.

Julian Benbow can be reached at jbenbow@globe.com.

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