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Kendrick Perkins wants to test free agent waters

Posted on: February 6, 2011 1:30 pm
Posted by Royce Young

The summer of 2011 isn't going to have quite the sizzle the summer of 2010 did in terms of free agency. The biggest name out there is Carmelo Anthony but by all appearances, he'll have signed an extension with someone before he gets there.

But there are a number of good building blocks to be had. One being Kendrick Perkins currently of the Boston Celtics. With him being such a key part to their stellar interior defense, you'd think it would be a no-brainer for Boston to extend him. Except Perkins wants to do things his own way. He wants to see what's available in free agency, via the Boston Herald.
According to two league sources, Perkins has already turned down a Celtics offer that is bound by the CBA’s current restrictions — a contract extension worth slightly less than $30 million over four years, which reflects the currently mandated contract limits of a 20-percent increase and a four-year maximum. Perkins, represented by agent Arn Tellem, has opted to wait until he is an unrestricted free agent, when even in an unpredictable market he has a chance of commanding far more.
Obviously this just means Perkins wasn't satisfied with the offer he was handed by the Celtics. This doesn't mean he's walking out the door in Boston. But the Celtics have kind of made it their thing to low-ball players and hope they sign. They did it to Rajon Rondo and he ended up taking it. Perkins on the other hand, wants to try and bump up his price tag.

It's a risk on Perkins end though because of the uncertainty of the new CBA. Players like him may have their salary options scaled back, so Perkins is clearly stepping out a bit. But he knows he has serious value to the Celtics, especially with the life of the Big 3 having a timetable.

A lot of teams would love to have a 6-11 center that will bruise, bang and rebound while also providing a bit of offensive game. Perkins knows that and knows he has value on the market. Boston probably doesn't want to let him walk, but every team has its limits with money. And if Perkins gets a better offer, he'll by all means take it.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2011 8:54 pm

Kendrick Perkins wants to test free agent waters

Let me tell you something, people the average person i mean should have the right to take their family to a NBA game with out having to spend a month's wages.

You do not have a right to go to an NBA game thats why they charge for it.. It's sort of like driving you do not have a right its a privilege. If you have a issue with prices then don't go to the game or maybe watch it on T.V.   Also this is not the attitude that drives up prices.  What drives up prices is supply and demand.  If no one wanted to go to the game it would probably cost less than 20 to get front row seats.
The Celtics offered Kendrick Perkins 30 million dollars to sign a four year extension, 30 MILLION DOLLARS. Do you not think that is enough? For GOD sakes that is more than even Perkins is worth.

Its his right to turn it down.  Doesn't matter what I think.  Personally I dont put a limit on my worth.  I believe I am worth more than any amount of money.  You really do not have a right to define his worth.  Don't be a sheep and follow the crowd thinking that you are only worth what someone wants to pay you.  You define your worth then go out and try to attain it.

Since: Jan 12, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2011 6:49 pm

Kendrick Perkins wants to test free agent waters

Totally agree with this comment, he cant take over a game like Gasol can.

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: February 7, 2011 6:12 pm

Kendrick Perkins wants to test free agent waters

Another players who over rates his price. He may be able to rebound and play defense but not a complete big time center who can score to. Sorry Perkins they priced you right for what you can do.

Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2011 6:04 pm

Kendrick Perkins wants to test free agent waters

Come to Detroit, Perk!  It's hard to find tough-nose, bonafide centers in this league.  You'd team with Monroe and make a formidable front line.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2011 4:40 pm

Kendrick Perkins wants to test free agent waters

Omi I believe no actor is worth more than 5 million either. It is not about supply and demand, it is about a monopoly. We pay ridiculous prices because there really is no competition. If we all stopped paying hundreds or thousands for sporting events, they would have to reduce prices. The owners and players fight for the pie and they have conditioned us to paying $500 for a high end ticket.

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2011 4:04 pm

Kendrick Perkins wants to test free agent waters

This story is totally make believe. In todays Boston Globe Perk was asked about his pending free agency possibilities and he said, "I don't want to talk about that stuff during the season." End of story. Royce trying to make a name for himself here but in a negative way.

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: February 7, 2011 2:18 pm

Kendrick Perkins wants to test free agent waters

Doc Rivers half-joked that he'll be using the All-Star Game to test out potential free agents for the Celtics line-up (playing alongside Pierce, Garnett, Allen and Rondo at the ASG). Wonder if that comment had any relation to this Perkins situation.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2011 2:08 pm

Kendrick Perkins wants to test free agent waters

But the Celtics have kind of made it their thing to low-ball players and hope they sign. They did it to and he ended up taking it.

Rondo got $55M guaranteed over 5 years not counting possible incentive bonuses and that's a "lowball" offer? Do you expect every guy in the league to get a max contract? How much do you suppose Perkins is worth, Royce? I'm guessing that Perk hopes some team will give him a completely illogical contract like the Knicks used to dole out during the Isaiah era but while Perk is a good physical post player, he's no star and certainly not worth more than the Celtics are offering. If he signs with a team with less talent than Boston and is asked to due more to justify a huge contract, which is very possible since there's only a handful of teams on the same level as Boston, the limitations in his game will be exposed big time. Perk's a defensive minded role player, not a catalyst worthy of $10M a year.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2011 12:37 pm

Kendrick Perkins wants to test free agent waters

I am a Celtics fan and I say Perkins is a role player!  Yes he is great to have but he is not a star and can never be a star.  He is not a scorer and is not a go to guy.  He is shining in many ways due to the talent around him and Rondo giving him the ball in great spots.  He is a workhorse and he does bring the right attitude but if any team is going to sign him to a 11-15 million dollar contract for grittiness then have at.  There are a lot of workhorse type of players out there.  Is what he does and what Shaq does any different?  Shaq is not getting a lot of money.  Sure Perk is younger but also coming off a horrendous knee injury.  He won't get faster or his ups are not coming back.  7 mill is not a lowball but a great starting point.  get to 8 mill tops for a guy who is never going to be an allstar.  Will average 12 or so points a game with 8-10 rebounds per game.  Seems to me 7 mill is dead on

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2011 10:30 am

Kendrick Perkins wants to test free agent waters

 A guy like Perkins is worth no more than $10 million over 4 years, tops!  It is time to scale back payrolls, ticket costs and concession prices.  If fans boycotted pro sports events entirely, perhaps sanity would be restored and tickets would once again be affordable.

It won't drop from 30 million for 4 years to 10 for Perkins but it'll drop... people like him are a great example of why there might not be any NBA games next season.

I don't care how good this guy is defensively...  he's a career 6 point 6 rebound guy with 1 assist and .3 steals per game. 

That is not and never will be worth 30 million dollars for 4 years.  I get it, he's great defensively but no way he's worth that kind of money.

And the problem is when a guy like that is paid 7.5 per season,  that fully explains why max contracts are at 20 million per season and why some other excellent players are getting 12 to 15 million per season when they shouldn't be.... it raises the cost of doing business for the owners and most other good players want that much or more...

The NBA is so overpriced that minimum wage for a good player is basically 5-7 million dollars... terrible players still make that sometimes...

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