Celtics’ Green to Undergo Season-Ending Surgery for Aneurysm

The aneurysm was detected during a team physical last week, and after additional testing doctors recommended surgery, the Celtics said.

The surgery, at the Cleveland Clinic on January 9, should completely repair Green’s condition and he can expect to resume his NBA career next season, the team said in a statement.

“While we are saddened that Jeff will not be able to play this season, the most important thing is his health,” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said.

Green, 25, was a first-round draft pick for the Celtics in 2007. He was traded to Seattle the same day and played three-plus seasons for Seattle/Oklahoma City before rejoining the Celtics in February as part of a trade.

He played in 75 regular-season games for Oklahoma City and Boston last season, averaging 13.3 points and 4.8 rebounds.

(Writing by Gene Cherry in Salvo; editing by Stephen Wood)

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Celtics Make Green Offer, Exercise Bradley Option

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics have made a qualifying offer to forward Jeff Green, making him a restricted free agent.

Also Thursday, the team exercised its option on guard Avery Bradley for the 2012-13 season. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Green averaged 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds with the Celtics last season after coming to Boston in the trade that sent Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City.

Bradley averaged 1.7 points in 5.2 minutes per game as a rookie for the Celtics. He was Boston’s first-round draft pick, 19th overall.

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Celtics Jump to Big Lead Behind Ray Allen and Top Heat

Rajon Rondo had 16 assists, and added 16 points and 13 rebounds for Boston, which led by as many as 20 and beat the Heat for the 13th time in their last 14 regular-season meetings.

finished with 35 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists for the Heat, while Dwyane Wade was held to 8 points on 2-for-12 shooting.

120, WARRIORS 90 Luol Deng scored 26 points, Derrick Rose had 22, and host Chicago raced to a 30-point, first-half lead over Golden State.

Rose added 13 assists for his third double-double of the season, finishing one shy of his career best.

Monta Ellis had 24 points to lead the Warriors, who played without the ailing forward David Lee. Lee sustained a cut on his left elbow when he inadvertently struck his former teammate Wilson Chandler in the mouth during the Warriors’ 122-117 victory against the Knicks on Wednesday night.

ANDERSON TO MISS TWO MONTHS The rookie James Anderson has a stress fracture in his right foot that is expected to keep him out for two months. He is scheduled for surgery next week.

NOCIONI FINED The has fined forward Andres Nocioni $25,000 for throwing his mouthpiece into the stands, said Stu Jackson, the N.B.A.’s executive vice president of basketball operations. The incident happened during the first quarter of Philadelphia’s 109-103 loss at Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.

NETS TEAM UP WITH SPRINGFIELD will take control of the operations of the N.B.A. Development League’s Springfield, Mass., team starting next season, becoming the second N.B.A. club to enter into a single affiliation partnership.

The Nets will cover the expenses of the Armor’s basketball operations and will partner with local ownership, who maintain responsibility for business off the court.

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