Surgery done, Jeff Green looking back to NBA

Agent: Procedure was ‘100 percent successful’

Jeff Green was resting comfortably at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio after having surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm Monday. His agent, David Falk, said Green’s surgery was “100 percent successful’’ and he should be able to return to the NBA next season.

“The doctor said he would have an easier return than if he came back from an ACL [injury],’’ said Falk.

Green’s condition was discovered during a team physical before training camp. After the diagnosis, the Celtics rescinded their qualifying offer to Green of $9 million, making him an unrestricted free agent.


The Celtics may have been seeking more cap relief with the move, but Rivers said yesterday he hopes Green is back next season.

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“I think Jeff has an important future value to the Celtics,’’ said Rivers. “He has a very positive feeling about Boston. I think that it will be one of a short list of teams that he will talk to when the time comes.’’

“Now that he’s unrestricted and he has the legal right to talk to every team, Boston is obviously a team he is very interested in,’’ Falk said. “We’re going to continue our discussions at an appropriate time with Boston. I don’t think his status is going to change their need for him or his interest in talking with them.’’