We can file the following under “I don’t quite know what to make of this,” but according to Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe, Kendrick Perkins may be available as a free agent next summer, and he may end up with the Celtics again.
According to Washburn, the Thunder would consider amnestying Perk if they don’t win the championship this year, and Perkins still commands strong feelings in Boston, where he started his career. Here’s Washburn on a radio show (h/t CBS Boston):
“His contract is kind of an anchor at this point. He has not been statistically productive for the Thunder; the leadership is there but if you look at the numbers its nothing close to what he did in Boston. So I do think it’s a possibility,” said Washburn. “There are still some strong feelings for him in Boston.”
“You’re talking about Perkins getting amnestied and still getting his money, so obviously he’s not going to demand the same amount from the Celtics,” said Washburn. “I would say let’s see what happens with the Thunder this year; if they win the championship do they dump him – probably not.”
It would be silly to analyze this news too much for two reasons: 1) It’s EXTREMELY hypothetical (after seeing them up close yesterday afternoon, do YOU want to bet against OKC winning the championship?). And 2) We don’t really have a good idea what the state of the Celtics union will look like next season. Will Pierce and Garnett still be around? How healthy will Rondo be? What kind of offseason moves can we expect? Would Perk be joining a rebuilding C’s team (once again) or would he be joining an even-older incarnation of the 2008-’10 core that he was dealt from in 2011? How would Boston’s fans, who made Perkins into something of a folk hero after his departure, react to his return?
None of these questions will be answered until the offseason, so until then they are just wild conjecture. But hey, wild conjecture is what the internet is for, so fire away.
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