Boston Celtics: Why KG and the Big 3 Are Irate at Kendrick Perkins Trade

February 26th, 2011 by Josh Benjamin Leave a reply »
On Wednesday, just before the trading deadline, the Boston Celtics shocked the basketball world.  In a move that saddened their fans, the team traded center Kendrick Perkins and guard Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder.  In return, the Thunder sent forward/guard Jeff Green and center Nenad Krstic to Boston.

Not surprisingly, the Celtics "Big Three" are not happy.  They had a starting lineup of five players who had won an NBA championship together and had made the NBA Finals last season, and team management decided to break it up for no good reason.  Let's take a look at the players involved.

Boston gave up Kendrick Perkins, an eight-year veteran who never scored many points or crashed the boards with authority, but was still a tough big man in the middle with good size at 6'10" and 280 pounds.  At the same time, though, Perkins is coming off of major knee surgery and has only played in 12 games this season.  Also, the Celtics are the top team in the Eastern Conference.  They were doing fine without him.

Nate Robinson is essentially a throw-in to the trade for salary cap reasons, so Boston clearly doesn't ...

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