The Celtics announced today that forward Jeff Green will undergo heart surgery in January at the Cleveland Clinic and will miss the 2011-12 season.
During his team physical Friday, Dec. 9, an aortic aneurysm was detected. As a precautionary measure, Green underwent extensive additional testing, after which doctors recommended surgery. The team says the surgery should completely repair Green’s condition, and the team expects that he can expect to resume his NBA career next season.
“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,” said Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. “The entire Celtics family supports Jeff during this difficult time in his career.”
While Green’s health remains the team’s primary concern, his absence from the basketball court leaves the Celtics shorthanded for the upcoming season. Green was expected to play a major role off the bench this season, increasing his minutes and backing up forward Paul Pierce. In addition, Green was the Celtics’ primary free agent pickup this offseason, agreeing to a one-year, $9 million deal with the team. Already struggling to get better, younger players, the Celtics now find themselves playing uphill.