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Jeff Green eager to show Celtics what he can do

Jeff Green eager to show Celtics what he can do

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) The Celtics gave up plenty to bring Jeff Green to Boston, trading away Kendrick Perkins in a midseason deal that broke up the starting lineup from the 2008 NBA champions.

They've had little to show for it - until now.

``I just think he's more aggressive,'' coach Doc Rivers said after the Celtics played back-to-back exhibition games this weekend and Green was the leading scorer in both. ``He's comfortable in his game. He understands how to score, how he can score through our offense. The other part: He's happy, honestly. The guys like him; he likes them.

``He's comfortable here now,'' Rivers added. ``I think last year, even though he didn't play, it probably did a world of good for him just being around the guys, and they accepted him. I think all that helped him. And he's got a chance to be just terrific.''

Green struggled to fit in during his first half-season after coming to the Celtics in February, 2011, and he missed all of last year after an aortic aneurysm was discovered during a routine training camp physical. But now, with a full training camp and a healthy heart, Green is impressing his coaches and teammates.

``Jeff's always had talent. He's always had high expectations,'' point guard Rajon Rondo said after practice on Wednesday. ``It's no different this year with us.''

Green is the leading scorer on the Celtics so far this preseason, with 111 total points, an average of 13.9 per game. He is No. 2 on the team in rebounds to first-round draft choice Jared Sullinger and second to Rondo in minutes played; he also leads the Celtics in blocked shots in the preseason.

Rivers isn't putting a lot of stock in statistics during the exhibitions, but he said the likes what he sees.

``The guys have confidence in him,'' Rivers said.

And Green doesn't understand the fuss.

``This is the first time you guys even saw me play. That's why everyone's doing that,'' he said after practice on Wednesday. ``I came into the situation when the team was already solid. They'd been here five years; it was tough to pick my spots. It takes time when you come to an organization like this.''

Green was originally drafted by the Celtics with the No. 5 overall pick, but he was immediately shipped to Seattle for Ray Allen as part of the deal that helped Boston assemble the New Big Three. He averaged 13.3 points and 4.8 rebounds in his first four seasons with Seattle, which became Oklahoma City, and Boston.

Green was dominant in the Big East at Georgetown, and was easily one of the best players in the nation as a junior. In 2006-07, he led the Hoyas in scoring (14.3), and was second in rebounding (6.4) and assists (3.2).

The Celtics gave up Perkins, the starting center on their 2008 championship team, and Nate Robinson in a trade to acquire Green and center Nenad Krstic midway through the 2011 season. Green was expected to back up Paul Pierce at forward, and he averaged 9.8 points in 23.5 minutes for the rest of the year.

Boston brought him back as a free agent, but he failed his training camp physical when the aortic aneurysm was detected. The contract was voided, and the Celtics re-signed him this August to a deal that will reportedly pay him $36 million over four years.

Asked on Wednesday what made him want to come back, Green stood up and pointed past reporters to Rondo, who was still practicing long after the other starters had left the court.

``That guy right there,'' Green said. ``I wanted to play with him. He's the best point guard in the league.

``We've got a heck of a team. Who doesn't want to be a part of something special like that? I want to win.''

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10 Training Camp Questions: How dangerous is the Brandon Scherff contract situation?

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10 Training Camp Questions: How dangerous is the Brandon Scherff contract situation?

The Redskins report to training camp on July 24th, and for the next 10 days, JP Finlay will count down the 10 biggest questions the Redskins face going into the 2019 season.

10) Will the Redskins develop depth on the D-line?

9) Can the Redskins count on Montae Nicholson?

8) Want better offense? Get more out of the tight ends 

7) Will Jimmy Moreland actually win the slot CB job from Fabian Moreau?

6) After losing Reuben Foster, how's the Redskins LB situation?

5) Will potential match production for Redskins WRs?

When a team picks in the Top 10 of the NFL Draft, folks around the NFL expect that player to become a Pro Bowler. For Washington, that exact scenario unfolded with right guard Brandon Scherff. 

Mostly. 

Selected fifth overall in 2015, the Redskins took Scherff to play right tackle and anchor the offensive line opposite Trent Williams. That idea quickly faded, helped by the emergence of Morgan Moses, and Scherff moved inside to play guard. For four years, it's worked out great, with Pro Bowl selections in 2016 and 2017. 

Scherff is a mauler in the best sense of the word. He has great footwork and Redskins head coach Jay Gruden has called the former Iowa Hawkeye the best pulling guard in the NFL. Scherff is strong and nasty, words that won't win beauty pageants but absolutely win in the trenches of the NFL. 

Considering all of that, a contract extension for Scherff should be easy. Right?

Wrong. 

Currently in the final year of his rookie deal, multiple reports stretching over the last six weeks indicate that the organization is way off in their extension offers to Scherff. He might not command the biggest contract in the league, but he will get paid like a top three guard. In 2019, that means a lot of money.

Cowboys guard Zach Martin makes $14 million a year. Jaguars guard Andrew Norwell makes $13.3 million a year. Scherff might not get to Martin's salary, but he will probably get to Norwell, whether Washington pays it or not.

That means the Redskins need to pony up the cash now because as each day passes, the team is approaching an ugly set of options. Scherff and his representatives might continue to negotiate during the season, but it doesn't make a lot of sense. Once free agency becomes in view, players tend to wait for it. Just ask Kirk Cousins. 

In fact, the situation between Scherff and the Redskins has some resemblance to the Cousins saga from a few years ago. 

In that case, Washington low-balled their homegrown quarterback in their first set of negotiations. From there, things went sideways, and the team used consecutive franchise tags on Cousins before he finally left via free agency. 

If the Redskins can't get a deal done with Scherff, the team could use a franchise tag in 2020. But that's a dangerous game of roulette. 

The time to get a deal done with Scherff is now, if not last month. Redskins team president has said in the past that deadlines drive deals, but with Scherff, there is no exact deadline. He can decide to stop working on a contract extension at any moment, particularly once the pads come on at training camp. 

The Trent Williams holdout might be complicating things a bit, if Williams only wants more cash and the issue isn't about much more than that. The truth is a Scherff extension would actually free up cap space in the short term, as his signing bonus would be spread out over the life of the contract, and some of that salary cap relief could go to Williams right away. 

Williams' status isn't the hold up between Scherff and the Redskins. Whatever is the actual holdup best be resolved soon. or the Redskins are beginning down an all too familiar franchise path.

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Anthony Santander has a huge outing in blowout loss to the Boston Red Sox

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Anthony Santander has a huge outing in blowout loss to the Boston Red Sox

Check out the latest news and notes on the Baltimore Orioles

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Even in a loss, the night belonged to OF Anthony Santander who went 4-for-5 with a homer, triple and two runs scored. Santander tripled and scored during the Orioles' five-run rally in the third inning. He then tagged Rick Porcello for a solo shot in the fifth that pulled the Orioles to within 10 runs at 16-6. It was the first four-hit game of the young outfielder's career. 

SP Thomas Eshelman had a rough day on the mound giving up nine runs (five earned) on six hits over 3 2/3 innings of work. The right-hander also issued three walks while striking out three. He struggled to keep the ball in the ballpark in this one, giving up home runs to Jackie Bradley Jr., Rafael Devers and Mookie Betts before departing in the fourth. 

Due to Pedro Severino's illness, the Orioles optioned C Austin Wynns to Triple-A Norfolk. He has played in 16 games for the O's this year with a .233 batting average, zero homers and three RBI in 47 plate appearances.

Injuries:

C Pedro Severino: Illness, Day-to-day

SP Dylan Bundy: Knee, 10-day Injured List

RP Josh Rogers: Elbow, 10-day Injured List

OF DJ Stewart: Ankle, 10-day Injured List

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-day Injured List

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-day Injured List

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-day Injured List

Coming Up:

Sunday 7/21: Orioles vs. Red Sox, 1:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Monday 7/22: Orioles at Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m., Chase Field

Tuesday 7/23: Orioles at Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m., Chase Field

Source: Rotoworld

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