|JEFF GREEN Had cardiac issue|
2013 pick awarded for Green trade
The Celtics got compensation from the Oklahoma City Thunder for a lack of disclosure on the medical condition of forward Jeff Green, who was acquired in a trade in February 2011.
The NBA has awarded the Celtics the Thunder’s second-round pick in 2013 after finding that Oklahoma City team cardiologists had information on Green that was not shared.
In December 2011, Green underwent surgery for an aortic aneurysm and missed the entire season.
In a statement, the NBA said that commissioner David Stern “found that there was no evidence of bad faith or any intent to withhold information on the part of Thunder management or its physicians, but that Oklahoma City’s cardiologists were in possession of information about Jeff Green that was not shared with Thunder management and that should have been disclosed to the Celtics in connection with the trade of Green in February 2011.’’
Green and Nenad Krstic were acquired from Oklahoma City for popular center Kendrick Perkins.
Krstic played 24 games for the Celtics and then signed with CSKA Moscow before the lockout. Green played in 26 regular-season games and nine playoff games with the Celtics in 2010-11 and was expected to be a significant part of the club’s 2011-12 core.
Green is now an unrestricted free agent beginning July 1 and is expected to have several suitors.
The Oklahoma City pick was acquired from Charlotte in the Byron Mullens deal, meaning it could be high in the second round, depending on how the Bobcats fare next season.
Rivers at the mike
Celtics coach Doc Rivers confirmed that he will be part of NBC’s studio analysis team for Olympic basketball this summer. Rivers worked for TNT after his playing career and then joined ABC for the 2003-04 season . . . While rumors have swirled that Kevin Garnett was leaning toward retirement, a Celtics source said he remains undecided. Garnett is expected to relay his decision to team president of basketball operations Danny Ainge in the coming days. Free agency begins July 1.