While the possibility of a Kendrick Perkins exit from Boston following the 2010-2011 season was a strong one, few if any saw this coming in February. Danny Ainge pulled the trigger on a pair of moves today, the marquee one sending Perk and Nate “The Human Afterthought” Robinson to Oklahoma City in exchange for Jeff Green and
Arvydas Sabonis Sarunas Marciulonis Nenad Krstic. It’s fine, he has a posse. No, really, he does.
Granted, Perk just messed up the MCL in his non-surgically-repaired knee and was expected to miss the next few games. Granted, Perk was likely to walk come the offseason. Granted, Nate Robinson seemed to have hit a wall with
his growth spurt regards to his absorption of the Celtics system. And I’ll even grant that the acquisition of Jeff Green, a very sound and versatile all-around player and former Danny Ainge draft pick, helps to back up two positions (SF and PF), an important factor particularly in light of Marquis Daniels’ unfortunate injury:
But consider the following. Jeff Green is in a similar contract situation as Perk, facing the opportunity to walk at the end of the year and test the market (though the Celtics would have the chance to match any offer sheet Green could potentially sign as a restricted free agent). Will he really want to return to the Celtics and continue backing up future Hall of Famers when he is possessed of starter-level talent? And what of all the talk, particularly that of Doc Rivers, about how the former Celtics starting five had yet to lose a playoff series when healthy? A Game 7 victory over LA last year has been promised by countless Celtics faithful…provided they could have had the services of Kendrick. Are we to trust the legs of the O’Neals, the waist of Big Baby, and the glass jaw of Krstic to provide an interior intimidation factor and help keep the likes of Eastern Conference bigs Dwight Howard, Amare Stoudamire, Josh Smith, Chris Bosh, Brook Lopez, Elton Brand, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah at bay? And what of the trees of the West, the lurking threats of Gasol, Duncan, Nene, Aldridge, and, yes…Perkins? KG cannot do it by himself. It remains to be seen whether the Celtics can do it at all.
Oh yeah, that shitty foreign center and that shitty 40-year-old
virgin guy from Notre Dame got dealt to Cleveland for a Cavs’ second-rounder. Yippee.
The Rest of the Trade Action (That Actually Matters)
-Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups to the Knicks, Deron Williams to the Nets, Baron Davis to the Cavs, Gerald Wallace to the Blazers, Aaron Brooks to the Suns. The Blazers committed grand larceny in that Wallace deal, by the way. No way does His Airness make good use of those two first-rounders he got back from Portland.
Holy fuck, it’s a poll!