Though there were reports earlier in the day that Kendrick Perkins was involved in a package that would move the Celtics into the lottery, Danny Ainge said the Celtics are not trying to move up in the draft. (Boston Herald)
“We’re not trying to move up,” said the Celtics president of basketball operations, seemingly putting to rest a prevalent rumor that the team was attempting to package the 19th pick and Kendrick Perkins in an attempt to move into lottery range.
Instead, Ainge said, he is open to either moving down in the draft or out altogether – the latter option a move that could save them a scintilla of money for a veteran free agent.
The rumor seemed silly in the first place. Who wants a center that just tore two ligaments? A rebuilding team in the lottery? Please.
In other news, Perkins is waiting to have surgery until his swelling goes down, but the surgery could be tomorrow. And the recovery time will not be known until after Perkins has the surgery.