Celtics Jeff Green Will Miss Season Due to Heart Condition

An aortic aneurysm was discovered via a physical.

Posted: 12/18/2011 02:04 PM EST
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Jeff Green recently agreed to a one-year deal to stay with the Boston Celtics for a reported $9 million. However, in a strange twist of fate, his training camp physical could very well have saved his life.

 

While the Celtics were heading to Toronto for an exhibition game against the Raptors on Saturday, they announced an aortic aneurysm was found in the 25-year-old’s heart. The Washington Post reports the forward will have reparative surgery at the Cleveland Clinic on Monday and should make a full recover. Nevertheless, this is a done season for the athlete.

 

Celtics’ president of basketball operations Danny Ainge 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, and we were fortunate to have access to an amazing team of specialists to evaluate Jeff’s case.”

 

Speaking to his supporters via Twitter, the Maryland native wrote, “Thank u everyone for ur thoughts and prayers ... much appreciated love u all .. and I'll be back soon stronger and better than ever I promise.”

 

Reports say he should be able to return to the game next season.

 

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