The Jeff Green signing has been ‘imminent’ for a month now, and it’s time to take care of business and get this deal done. His agent, David Falk, seems like an honorable man as far as sports agents go (take that for what it’s worth), but the guess is that he’s trying to squeeze every last drop of blood out of Danny Ainge and our Boston Celtics. Do I think the deal will get done? No question about it – Green wants to play in Boston and the big numbers have already been agreed to. Now it’s all about ironing out the details. So, do I trust David Falk at this point? I do. But I also know that he can’t be completely trusted until Green is signed, sealed and delivered.
To quote Michael Corleone from The Godfather: “There are many things my father taught me here in this room. He taught me – keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.”
And that’s the case with Falk. Ainge needs to stay connected to Falk daily, and I’m sure that he is, because he knows we can’t afford to lose Green over some sort of eleventh-hour technicality. We need some peace of mind knowing that Green is locked and loaded for the long haul, and the only way to make that happen is to keep on top of Falk.
Clearly, Ainge has made Green an offer he can’t refuse. He wants Green in The Family. And Green doesn’t strike me as a Fredo sort of character, the kind of guy that would betray the family, so it’s only a matter of time until this thing happens. But until it does…
We signed four players today – Jason Collins, Keyon Dooling, Dionte Christmas and Jamar Smith. Christmas and Smith are duking it out for that last roster spot, assuming Ainge doesn’t have a change of heart and announce some sort of surprise transaction.
So we’re down to Green. The most important piece of the puzzle at this point. And he’ll sign. But what nags at me is that we thought we had Ray Allen in the fold, and he turned out to be the Fredo to Ainge’s Corleone. And you know what Corleone had to say to Fredo:
“Fredo, you’re nothing to me now. You’re not a brother, you’re not a friend. I don’t want to know you or what you do. I don’t want to see you at the hotels, I don’t want you near my house. When you see our mother, I want to know a day in advance, so I won’t be there. You understand?”
That sums up the relationship between Ainge and Allen. So let’s get this done, Jeff Green. It’s time to sign, time to get excited about having all of our boys in the fold.
So tell Falk to get on the ball, before he wakes up one morning and finds a horse’s head in his bed.