Green to miss season with heart ailment

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Celtics forward Jeff Green.The Boston Celtics announced Saturday that forward Jeff Green will undergo heart surgery next month and will miss the entire 2011-12 season.

A routine physical administered after Green agreed to a one-year, $9 million contract with the Celtics last week detected an aortic aneurysm. After consulting with leading cardiac specialists, the decision was made to completely repair Green's condition and doctors have indicated to him that he should be able to resume his basketball career during the 2012-13 season.

“While we are saddened that Jeff will not be able to play this season, the most important thing is his health, and we were fortunate to have access to an amazing team of specialists to evaluate Jeff’s case,” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said. “The entire Celtics family supports Jeff during this difficult time in his career.”

Green will undergo surgery on Monday, Jan. 9 at the Cleveland Clinic. At the request of Green, the Celtics declined all further comment on the situation.

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