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Free agent profile: Jeff Green

September 1, 2011 |  5:18 pm

This is the 42nd post in a series of free-agent profiles that analyzes players and how they might fit in with the Lakers.

Boston Celtics small forward Jeff Green

Type of free agent: Restricted

Positives: In the rare instance that the Lakers could acquire Green (see verdict below), his acquisition would be a byproduct of the Lakers' making major moves to their roster. Should the Lakers appear so different that they don't return the same starting lineup, Green would prove to be a much better fit with the Lakers than the Celtics. There he had to play between small and power forward and come off the bench, a role in which he never felt fully comfortable. Consider the difference between his performances with Oklahoma City and Boston in points (15.2, 9.8), rebounds (5.6, 3.3), and minutes (37, 23.5). Those numbers then dropped to 7.3 points and 2.7 rebounds over 19.2 minutes per game in nine postseason appearances

WIth a starter's role, perhaps Green would feel more comfortable and grow as a player. He has potential to help the Lakers' outside shooting. He'd provide a much-needed wing presence. He'd have the necessary quickness to thrive in Mike Brown's faster-paced offense.

Negatives:  Plenty of evidence suggests that Green's diminished playing time with Boston didn't necessarily contribute to his struggles. ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg shows that Green's production per 36 minutes has been pretty similar  at Oklahoma City and Boston. Besides, it's very unlikely Green's position would get him more minutes or even a starting spot. Ron Artest will likely remain with the Lakers, considering that his three-year, $21.8-million contract and poor outing last season makehim unattractive to other teams. Green is too undersized to play the four-spot should the Lakers decide to trade Lamar Odom's two-year, $17-million deal.

Verdict: The Celtics already gave Green a $5.9-million qualifying offer. That means a few things. Boston can match any offer. ESPN Boston's Greg Payne reports that Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge wants to keep Green for the long term. Green is way out of the Lakers' price range. The Lakers have suggested they're only making "tweaks" to the lineup, but should they make major roster shakeups, they  should still pursue other options.

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--Mark Medina

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