Celtics Forward Jeff Green to Miss Season After Undergoing Heart Surgery

Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green will undergo heart surgery next month and will miss the entire 2011-12 National Basketball Association season, the team said.

During a routine physical on Dec. 9, doctors detected an aortic aneurysm in Green’s heart. After additional testing by a team of cardiac specialists, surgery was recommended, the team said in a statement on its website.

The Celtics signed Green, 25, to a one-year, $9 million contract last week. His contract was voided due to the failed physical. The Celtics retain his rights if he is able to return, ESPN reported.

“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 Danny Ainge said. “The entire Celtics family supports Jeff during this difficult time in his career.”

An aortic aneurysm is the bulging of the wall of the aorta, the largest blood vessel in the body. The condition can be fatal if the aorta ruptures.

Green averaged 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds last season after joining the Celtics in a trade that sent Kendrick Perkins to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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