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WALTHAM — The departures of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce sent out ripple effects that touched every inch of the Celtics franchise.
For Jeff Green, their exits meant opportunity, the one that players want most.
“To be that guy,” said Green, who averaged 12.8 points last season, including 16.4 over the team’s final 38 games.
And now he is that guy, the Celtics’ top offensive threat while Rajon Rondo recovers from knee surgery – and perhaps their top threat even when Rondo returns this season.
The Celtics plan to give Green, their 27-year-old slashing swingman who’s entering his sixth season, as much as he can handle, especially because he can play multiple positions.