The Celtics will get an additional second-round draft pick from the Oklahoma City Thunder after a dispute over Jeff Green’s medical condition, an NBA source tells the Globe’s Gary Washburn. The NBA has granted Boston the additional pick in the aftermath of a heart condition that sidelined Green for the entire 2011-2012 season. The pick will be Oklahoma City’s 2013 second-round selection, which the Thunder acquired from Charlotte.
The Celtics acquired Green for popular center Kendrick Perkins in a controversial trade on February 25, 2011. In addition to Green, the Celtics received center Nenad Krstic, who is no longer with the team, and a first-round pick in this Thursday’s NBA Draft. That pick, which was previously owned by the Clippers, is the 22d pick in this year’s draft. The Celtics also sent Nate Robinson to the Thunder as part of that 2011 deal.
Green played 24 games for the Celtics in 2011, averaging 14.9 points and 5.1 rebounds. In nine playoff games, Green averaged 7.3 points in 19 minutes per game. Green was thought to be a big part of Boston’s plans in 2011-2012, and the Celtics paid him accordingly, signing him to a one-year, $9 million contract. Green showed up to training camp, but red flags in his physical led to further testing, where it was discovered that Green would need surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm. Green missed the entire season.
Known for his hard-nosed play, Perkins averaged 5.1 points to finish out his first partial season with the Thunder, with a knee injury limiting his playing time. He averaged 5.1 points and 6.6 rebounds in his first full season in Oklahoma City after receiving a four-year, $34.8 million contract. Perkins averaged 4.7 points and 6.2 rebounds in the playoffs as the Thunder made it to the NBA Finals, losing to the Heat in five games.