Kendrick Perkins Traded to Thunder: Immediate Reaction and Impact Analysis

February 25th, 2011 by Akash A Leave a reply »
C Kendrick Perkins and G Nate Robinson were traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder for SF Jeff Green and C Nenad Krstic.

First, this trade shocked me. I love Perkins, as a player and as a guy. He is genuine off the court, and he works his tail off in games and in practice.

But as we all know the NBA is a business, and the Celts felt a deal had to happen.

The trade tells me a few things about the team's outlook.

What We Learned 1. Kendrick Perkins would not have been retained after the season. The Celtics know that Perkins's defensive prowess in the paint is a major asset, and Perk will likely garner numerous lucrative offers from teams willing to (over)pay for his services.

2. Boston is not worried about the Orlando Magic. Having Perkins gave the C's a clear advantage over the Magic, since he could guard Dwight Howard. However, Orlando is still trying to find an identity after re-tooling their roster.

The Heat, Bulls, Lakers, Spurs and Knicks are all more relevant to the Celtics than the Magic, and these teams should be.

The Celtics have the personnel to let ...

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