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Green deal finally official

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--More than a month after Jeff Green participated in a press conference to announce he had reached an agreement on a contract with the Boston Celtics, the two sides got the deal completed Aug. 23.

Green missed last season after having surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm, and a source told the Boston Herald there were insurance issues that needed to be addressed in the contract.

The contract is a four-year deal for $36 million.

Green, 25, averaged 9.8 points in 26 games for the Celtics in 2010-2011 after averaging 14.8 points in 49 games for Oklahoma City in that season before being traded.

"We are thrilled to be able to have Jeff back with the Celtics," Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said in a statement. "Jeff's versatility on offense and ability to guard players out on the perimeter is something that we are looking forward to having on the court this season."

--Having spent time in London as an NBC analyst, coach Doc Rivers is trying to arrange for all the Olympians from the Celtics' area to be honored at one of the team's games this season.

Rivers met up with judo gold medalist Kayla Harrison from Marblehead, Mass., at the NBA broadcast center and found she is a big Celtics fan. He was already aware that she had moved to the area five years ago after being sexually abused.

"It would be great to get all the Boston-area Olympians on the floor," said Rivers. "But I want to make special mention of Kayla, do something special. She's a true survivor. I love that she talks about her story and wants it out and wants to help people."

Harrison and Rivers met by chance when she came to be interviewed.

"I just get done hair and makeup, go in the green room, and there's Doc Rivers, and I just yelled, 'Ahh, it's Doc!'" said Harrison. "And he comes over all excited and shakes my hand and says, 'Is that a gold medal?' He was so nice, so genuine. I was jumping up and down because I was so already excited."

Harrison clearly knows more about basketball than Rivers does about her sport.

"I know nothing about judo," he said. "Actually, her manager was trying to explain it to me because I told him that I saw a match that morning and it lasted about 10 seconds. The person was flat on her back and I wasn't sure what happened. But I told Kayla I needed her to teach all my bigs how to block out. She got a big kick out of that."

--The Celtics have reportedly expressed some interest in picking up Carlos Delfino, and Rivers confirmed as much when speaking to a representative of a website based in Argentina. However, Delfino reportedly reached a contract agreement with the Rockets.

"We've looked, and I wish we had the money to add him," said Rivers. "We could really use him. They've turned him into a shooter. but he can give you more."

QUOTE TO NOTE
"We're still looking for ways we can improve. We've got a pretty full roster, but we think we can still get better." -- Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge.

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