Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  9 responses

NBA Awarded Celtics Compensatory Draft Pick from Thunder

The League handed out punishment to the OKC Thunder — stemming from their trade of Jeff Green to the Boston Celtics — in the form of a Draft pick. Per the Boston Herald and the Oklahoman: “NBA commissioner David Stern has awarded the Celtics with a 2013 second round pick from Oklahoma City as compensation for Jeff Green’s heart complications, which led to surgery last January. The Celtics had filed a complaint, claiming that the Thunder knew of Green’s heart ailment – diagnosed as an aortic aneurism – at the time of the trade that brought Green to the Celtics as part of a package for Kendrick Perkins. The complication voided Green’s new contract with the Celtics last December, and forced him to miss the 2011-12 season. Green is now an unrestricted free agent, though he has expressed a desire to re-sign with the Celtics, who in turn have expressed interest in bringing him back. [...] 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.”

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  • Heals

    Is it just me or is this really agregious? Did I miss where JGreen was notified of this info by those cardiologists? Crazy, maybe I’m looking too far into it, but how is this not a bigger deal…

  • Yep

    This is terrible. They agreed to the trade. Do your own d@mn tests!

  • Riggs

    Thats fair. Youre supposed to be known of any health risks prior to the trade, the reason why the celtics found out was because they did their own “damn” tests…smh.

  • TheWhiteMarkPrice

    Im with Heals, did the cardiologists even tell Jeff Green? He should’ve at least been informed. OKC could’ve been liable if his condition worsened.

  • mmmmggggg

    The Celtics had Green go through a medical work up when he was first traded. He played minutes off the bench in 26 games for Boston and the heart problem came up after the season was over. This sounds a little suspicous to me that now there are some unnamed Cardioligists who had some undisclosed information and the Thunder have to loose a draft pick for it….This is just another play by Stern to control the league.

  • Yep

    ^^^^ Not me.

    Regardless, not big news. Second rounds picks? OKC laughs at second round picks.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    It’s not a complicated issue. The cardiologists had info that was not fully disclosed to Thunder management. Yes, this should mostly be on the docs, but they are the “team doctors,” so yes, the onus is on the Thunder as a whole. A 2nd round pick seems fair.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Bullsh!t, there’s no way OKC didn’t know about his condition. The cardiologists withheld information from the Thunder? LOL, that’s a good one. Darth Stern is a sly guy.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    i just read your comment Caboose… mine was not directed at you, it was directed at Darth Stern. But it applies to your comment, I suppose.