Saturday, February 16, 2013
Green's rebounding incentive
By Nick Borges
Jeff Green was offered a four-year, $36.24 million contract last August and he rightfully accepted it. Many pundits were surprised by that high amount since the forward missed the prior season due to a heart ailment.
Green has struggled since he was traded from Oklahoma City to Boston and one area the Celtics want to see improve is rebounding. In fact, Green can earn more money if he hits rebounding incentives in the contract.
"That one area was our biggest concern," president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told Jackie MacMullan of ESPNBoston.com. "To me, it's not a lack of effort. It's about bad habits. "I don't think Jeff has ever focused on rebounding in his life, from what I can tell."
Green says the bonus it not something he thinks about.
"Money comes, and money goes," Green said. "I just want to win games. I could care less how much money is riding on a rebound. It's contrary to who I am. You do that and you're thinking about the wrong things. It's just not my mindset."
Green will likely not hit the bonus this season as he's averaging only 3.3 rebounds in 52 games. His career average is 5.2