Despite inking a one-year, $9 million contract at the start of free agency, Green has been held out of practice due to a medical red flag that appeared during his routine physical. Both the team and Green initially downplayed the significance, but Rivers admitted that each day that passes makes it a bigger issue in his mind, especially in a condensed preseason.
"It is a concern. It's a big concern," Rivers said. "Whenever anything is red-flagged and they've got to redo [medical tests], you get concerned. But we just have to wait and see."
Rivers hinted the results of those follow-up tests might be in, but that a consultation with additional doctors could be delaying the process. Asked how Green was handling the situation, Rivers admitted it was challenging for the player.
"Not great. One of the reasons he came in the day before [camp started last week], the one thing he wanted to do was start early and not fall behind," Rivers said, "because he felt like that really hurt him when he was traded. So obviously you can imagine he's a little frustrated."
None of that sounds like very good news for the Celtics. Even if Jeff Green gets healthy and back on the court, he's missing valuable time to gel with his teammates in practice. Something he won't get a lot of in this shortened season.
In other news, the Celtics and James Posey might soon be in talks about a possible reunion, according to Boston.com's Gary Washburn:
Agent Mark Bartelstein said he will talk to Ainge about the Celtics’ interest in James Posey, who was waived by the Pacers through the amnesty clause.
Rivers also had high praise for rookie E’Twaun Moore.
“He was one of the best players in the gym today, forget being a rookie," Rivers was quoted saying in a Boston.com piece. "The white [team] won both scrimmages and he carried the games. That was good to see.’"
Moore could actually get some time on the court in his rookie year as well. Rivers also told the media he would probably be going with a 10 or 11 man rotation due to the Celtics' depth and the shortened season. Usually, Rivers goes with only an eight or nine man rotation. He's famous for largely favoring veterans, but maybe this year we actually see a lot more of JaJuan Johnson, Moore and Avery Bradley on the court for the C's.