NBA Awarded Celtics Compensatory Draft Pick from Thunder

by June 27, 2012

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.”