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June 26, 2012

OKC fined over Green's trade

When former Hoya standout and recent Georgetown graduate Jeff Green was traded from the National Basketball Association's Oklahoma City franchise to its Celtic operation before 2010-2011's February trade deadline, the former received Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson, in exchange for Green and Nenad Krstic. A pretty straightforward swap as pro trades go.

After signing a one year extension with the Celtics before last season's strike shortened season commenced, Green failed the requisite physical exam. The culprit was an aortic aneurysm.

That determination not only voided Green's contract, but left the C's bereft of the 6' 9" forward's services, which surely could have been used in their NBA Eastern Conference Finals loss to eventual champion, Miami.

According to Yahoo.com Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA has fined OKC a second round draft pick regarding the transaction, because "Oklahoma City's cardiologists were in possession of information about Jeff Green that was not shared with Thunder management and that should have been disclosed". Nevertheless league commissioner, David Stern, found no "evidence of bad faith or any intent to withhold information" on the Thunder's part.

This punitive pick, to come into play in 2013, could very well be a good one; it comes from Charlotte, through OKC. Wojnarowski and others logically conclude that a team that finished 7-59 this year with the worst winning percentage in league history (.106) as the Bobcats did, will again be stuck at the standings' bottom next year.

Per Wojnarowski and other reports, the Celtics are interested in resigning Green.

DC sources have indicated the North Brentwood, MD product has been playing at Georgetown recently, indicating recovery from the heart surgery that ended his season shortly after his December diagnosis.

Discuss this situation on Premium Court. It's curious when a fine is levied, yet no wrongdoing is found.

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