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Thunder to send second-round pick to Boston to settle Jeff Green dispute

By Royce Young | NBA writer

Complain and ye shall receive.

The Boston Celtics have been granted a 2013 second-round pick from the Oklahoma City Thunder in a dispute over Jeff Green's medical condition, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Green was traded by the Thunder at the deadline in a deal that sent him and Nenad Krstic to Boston and Nate Robinson and Kendrick Perkins to OKC. After Green re-signed with the Celtics last summer, he failed his physical because of a heart condition and was forced to miss the entire season following surgery.

According to the report, the Thunder are sending a second-round pick that they own via the Bobcats.

Later Tuesday, the NBA issued the following statement explaining its decision and the awarding of the pick.

As part of a ruling in a trade disclosure dispute between the Boston Celtics and the Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA Commissioner David Stern today awarded the Celtics a 2013 second-round draft pick held by the Thunder. 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.

Under NBA rules, teams are required to disclose to each other in connection with trades any information in their possession or control about a player's prior injuries, illnesses, or other health conditions that could affect the player's ability to play NBA basketball at any point in the future. Green had surgery on his heart in January 2012 and did not play during the 2011-12 season.

A second-round pick isn't much of a consolation prize for not having Green last season, but it is something at least.

Green is an unrestricted free agent this offseason and is expected to be healthy and ready to play the 2012-13 season.

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