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Trade Deadline: Celtics trade Perkins to OKC

Posted on: February 24, 2011 4:12 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2011 6:32 pm
Celtics trade Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic.
Posted by Matt Moore and Royce Young

It's only fitting that in one of the biggest trade seasons in NBA history, that we ended the deadline in completely insane style. Multiple outlets including Yahoo! Sports first reported and Ken Berger of has confirmed that the Boston Celtics has traded Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City for Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic and a 2012 1st round pick. Here's our analysis of the trade (updating as more information becomes available). 

by Royce Young

There has always been a very specific ideology for Sam Presti in Oklahoma City. Build a group of young players that can grow and develop together. It started in 2007 when he took Kevin Durant No. 2 overall and acquired the fifth pick Jeff Green for Ray Allen. From there, the pieces started to fit.

And this Thunder team jumped way ahead of schedule, winning 50 games last season. Because of that, the slow development process sped up. There was an obvious opportunity to win now, and while the existing team was definitely good, there was always something missing.

Most of that centered around Green and his starting power forward spot. There always appeared to just be something missing there. He was undersized, didn't fit well next to Nenad Krstic and lacked on the glass and the defensive end. He could hit big shots and make big plays, but is was always clear that something wasn't right.

So Presti put his finger on the big red button and finally pushed it. He sent Jeff Green and Krstic to Boston for Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson.

A bittersweet say for Thunder fans as Green was a clear fan favorite. He was always close with teammates Kevin Durant, James Harden and Russell Westbrook. He was always seen as one of the core members of this group. But in the world where what counts is wins and losses, not how much fun you have and how well you get along off the court, it was a deal that had to be done.

The Thunder already was uncertain about Green's future, choosing not to sign him to an extension earlier in the season. He was set to become a restricted free agent this summer and even there, he was likely to get an offer that would be out of the Thunder's comfort zone.

While Perkins is also an unrestricted free agent, he fits what OKC would be willing to pay for. The Thunder tried to lock down a defensive-minded center two years ago when they traded for Tyson Chandler. But that deal was rescinded because of Chandler's physical and it put OKC back to work finding that help inside.

But what the Thunder did here was make a move for the now, finally. At the same time though, it doesn't jeopardize the future in any way. Green wasn't a sure thing in OKC anyway, and now Perkins gets a two month audition to earn a contract with the Thunder. OKC has improved itself against the beastly interiors of Los Angeles and Dallas and now can match up with anyone.

It came at a cost of sending out one of the city's favorite players and a close friend and teammate with Durant, Westbrook and Harden, but it had to be done. At some point, you've got to win. And the Thunder's trying to do it now. 

by Matt Moore

This is going to go down as more about what Boston surrendered rather than what they got. They did not get an elite player back, so trading the franchise starting center who helped them win a championship and nearly a second had he not suffered a severe injury is going to raise a lot of voices in Beantown. The Celtics have always made it clear they are about winning championships at any cost.  They love the members of their organization, but this is a business, and their business is staying on top for as long as the Big 3's window is open. Something convinced them that Perkins was no longer able to lead them to a championship. So they flipped him and Robinson for what they considered their biggest need: a wing scorer. That he can serve as a stretch four, which is a considerable weakness to them as currently constructed, is a bonus. Green represents an odd representation: the move to win now, and to set themselves up for the future. 

Green is an RFA this summer, meaning they can decide whether or not to sign him based on whether he helps them win a championship or not. Krstic, on the other hand, is an expiring contract. Should they renounce both Green and Krstic, that's close to $10 million they're freeing up in the event of a dramatically lowered CBA, or if they feel the need to retool to go at a championship once more. If both help them win a second title with the Big 3, they can easily re-sign both to keep them in town. 

But at the end of the day, the Celtics surrendered Kendrick Perkins. Perk! The big man! The biggest reason that Boston was able to match up with Dwight Howard.  Now they'll be turning to a very old core of Shaquille O'Neal, Jermaine O'Neal, and Krstic to try and combat Howard. That's a risky proposition. The Celtics do not lack for confidence. They must feel they can overcome the Heat, the Magic, and the Bulls without their starting center. Either that, or his knee was enough of an issue to force them to trade him.

Perkins only came back about a month ago from serious knee surgery that kept him out of the Finals' Game 7 last season. He has looked good at times but struggled in others. Tuesday night against the Warriors he tweaked the knee and did not return, limping off the floor. Two days later, he's traded to Oklahoma City. The Celtics may have felt they could not risk him going down to injury again, with how much their team depended on him. So they pulled in the taller, bigger, Krstic, who has a nice mid-range shot Perkins does not, and acquired a stretch four. 

Stretch fours have long disrupted the Celtics' defensive schemes, with players like Chris Bosh, Rashard Lewis, and LaMarcus Aldridge hurting them with their ability to hit from the mid-range, while Boston's defenders shade to the paint. Green can step out and defend those players, and also provides them a young, athletic option who can hit from the perimeter. Green's a gamble, though.

One element that's likely in play here is the Celtics' pushing for a player soon to be bought out. The most obvious target is Troy Murphy, traded to the Warriors from the Nets during their acquisition of Deron Williams in a separate deal. Murphy is expected to be bought out of his contract, and would provide a versatile big for the Celtics. If not Murphy, then another candidate could take his place, considering how much space the Celtics have cleared with this and other moves. 

This whole trade is a gamble, and it's not sure why the Celtics would risk their continuity after the year they've had. But one thing's for certain. Things have gotten even more interesting in the already wild Eastern Conference.

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Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2011 7:44 pm

Trade Deadline: Celtics trade Perkins to OKC

Will who are killing the Celtics and "don't understand this" listen.  He is still hurt.  He just hurt the other knee.  He has bad shoulders!  He is going to ask for a boatload of Money.  SO the Celtics were proactive and got something for him instead of losing him for nothing.  How is that horrible...He played ten games and hurt his other knee and is out for another week.  My God he is not going to be healthy come June.  Do you seriously think his knees hold up in the playoff grind?  He came back early...hmmm wonder why?  SO the CELTS COULD TRADE HIM!  You are all saying why?  Why would Ainge do this...Cause he is at every practice and watches every game and knows what he sees.  That he is not going to hold up.  He has inside info so if you don't understand why he would do this, there is a reason why he did it.  He was slow as death and 6'10 guy's knees don't heal very well!  Ainge knows what he is doing...That championship should say so.

Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2011 7:43 pm

Trade Deadline: Celtics trade Perkins to OKC

    I, as a Laker fan, am currently laughing and mocking a lot of you Celtic fans. All that crap about Perkins injury being the reason you couldn't close out the Lakers in the finals last year. And then some of you are all playing turnaround and saying good riddance to the guy because he was gonna cost you a penny or two next year. Some of you are calling him slow; calling him a liability. What a pile of crap some of you Celtic fans are. Did you see the Lakers trading away Bynum for Carmelo? It's not like the Lakers couldn't use a serious perimeter threat or two more than they have. The answer is no...because the Lakers still care about winning a championship this year despite their occasional lack of motivation in games earlier this year. A playoff tested, proven, and defensively aggressive center like Perkins...even if he doesn't get you a lot of points, is tremedously more valuable than an extra perimeter shooter. If Green was more valuable then an inside presence, he would've had Durant and Westbrook a deeper playoff run last year. *Shaking my head* Having Perkins off the Celtics is fine by me as a Laker fan. That's going to cost the Celtics if they get to the finals. I'd put money on it. Perkins was part of the Celtics defensive chemistry. Kristic is going to upset that chemistry a lot. You've still got Rondo, Alllen, Garnett, and Pierce, so the damage isn't going to be apparent until later in the playoffs...but don't tell me that there aren't players in this league lickin' their chops to go inside on the Celtics now. Kristic doesn't initmidate anyone.

Since: Nov 5, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2011 7:36 pm

Trade Deadline: Celtics trade Perkins to OKC

I understand it on the Thunder's end, but WHAT THE HELL is Boston doing?  Everything that makes them tough when the game slows down, has just been traded away.  But as a Lakers fan, I say thanks Danny Ainge!

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2011 7:31 pm

Trade Deadline: Celtics trade Perkins to OKC

How desparate have Celtics fan become?  They are waiting for Rasheed Wallace to come back!  That is hilarious.  Someone better notify him and tell him to sit the bong down and start  running.

Since: Apr 19, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2011 7:30 pm

Trade Deadline: Celtics trade Perkins to OKC

Green is not a good matchup for Bosh? How about KG? And THEN Green. And we have Rondo to guard LBJ ha!!

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2011 7:28 pm

Trade Deadline: Celtics trade Perkins to OKC

The poster below must be a fantasy bball guy--perk's value is in match-ups, not stats.  When the celtics lost game 7 last year with perk out, they got abused down low.

Actually not a fantasy stat guy at all... I am actually dead on...what matchups has Perk dealt with this year?  How about those knees...which I stated.  How about the separated shoulders?  Perkins is a very good player and tough as ever BUT he is always and I mean always hurt.  I watch 80 percent of the Celtics games every year...even through the lean years and Perk is a dime a dozen player.  He plays great defense yes but he can only dunk.  That is it.  He has zero moves down low.  He gets into foul trouble repeatedly when he does play.  Perk turned down a "low ball" offer from the Celtics as he put it for 7 mill per season.  For a guy who plays defense scores about 7-10 per game with 6-8 rebounds that sounds about right.  With bad kneed and a history of other injurys...sorry that is a very good offer and any one that goes over it is crazy.  He wants 12-14 mill and may probly sucker someone for 10 mill over 4or 5 years.  That is way way way too much for a greg monroe or tyson chandler type of player.  Jeff Green is a great get in this deal.  Add Murphy with Wallace and that is very good for perk.  Also they are not going to lock in that type of money to Perk when they have to bring in a star in a year or two when the big three start to retire.  Howard is a free agent etc...Rather take a shot at him then give Perk 12 million dollars...

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2011 7:25 pm

Trade Deadline: Celtics trade Perkins to OKC

as a laker fan, let me say to the celtics:  thank you!  even in the unlikely even we make it back to defend, i am now sure we won't have to listen to your whining about not beating us again.  you'llbe luycky to make the east final.  this made my day

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2011 7:20 pm

Trade Deadline: Celtics trade Perkins to OKC

I don't get all my fellow Celts fans talking about how if Sheed comes back, that will bring banner 18. How? Dude hasn't played since June and was inconsistent in everything but frustrating Celtics fans last year. He was huge at times, but a lot (most?) of the time, Celtics fans were excoriating Ainge for bringing him to Boston.

I love Sheed...loved him in Portland and Detroit and was excited when he signed with Boston. Despite his inconsistency last year, I still would love to have him back because I believe experience is GIGANTIC in the postseason. But make no mistake....the Celtics, who were title contenders as they were already constructed, now need to add another piece to contend and an out-of-game-shape Sheed isn't that piece imo.

Since: Feb 24, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2011 7:09 pm

Trade Deadline: Celtics trade Perkins to OKC

#1 I am a celtics fan.  #2 K.Perkins tied Ainge's hand when he wouldn't renew the contract.  #3 not a big fan of N. Robinson.  Ok so the trade is made and the Celtics also get a 1st round in 2012.  They absorb more contract $$ in the trade so they dump Semi & Luke on Cleveland for a 2nd round's about the $$ from the 1st trade.  Ainge may be considered an idiot but I think this will pan out.  Here's why.... Green originally drafted by the C's and now back home so to speak.  He will be the air apparent to Pierce at SF.  The C's don't need a center with recognition, just someone to rebound hard and set picks cause they already have the big 4.  Ainge will fill his roster with free agents or guys from the D-league.  Finally don't forget Rasheed cause if he comes back this is a going to be a big problem for opponents, hence championship #18.

Renegade out.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2011 7:08 pm

Trade Deadline: Celtics trade Perkins to OKC

Questionable trade from Boston's perspective, but I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. No way is Ainge done. If so, he just decided the Celtics have no chance this season and that obviously is not the case.

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