If Kendrick Perkins plays in Game 7 of the 2011 NBA Finals Boston raises banner #18 to open this season. When Perk went down in Game 6 every Celtics fan knew that we were up against it.
Knowing that Perk would be out until February the signing of the O'Neals and bringing in Semih Erden all made sense. Additional injuries and lack of impact made us all realise how much we were looking forward to Perk getting back into the rotation.
And then I woke up this morning to learn that K-Perk had been traded to OKC along with Nate Robinson for F Jeff Green, C Nenad Krstic and a 1st round pick in the 2012 draft. My initial reactions in order were: WTF?; shock; seriously WTF?; and has Danny lost the plot?
My initial reactions aside, there are very good reasons why Danny Ainge is doing the job he is doing and I am not... Perk has had a rough patch with his knees and was rumoured to be playing hardball over contract talks, while Nate sees pretty limited minutes. Green is young and athletic and will see some minutes behind Paul Pierce. Krstic will see some reasonable minutes at C, but I'm guessing Danny and Doc are counting on Shaq filling that gap for the remainder of this year. If JO'N makes it back on the court you'll most likely see Shaq, JO'N and Krstic platooning at C. Of course, while the trade deadline has passed there may well be other signings before we get to the pointy end of things.
The unknown in this is just how hard a line Perk was taking on contract talks. If the team either didn't think they could get it done this year without making a change or would struggle to re-sign him then you have to pull the trigger on this deal.
On balance I think the Celtics improved slightly on talent with the trade. But what about "chemistry"? Will this shake things up a little and provide a boost or cause disharmony?
I'm going to give Danny some time on this one before I commit. I'm hoping in a few months we'll be calling him a genius after we hoist #18 and he wins another exec of the year award.
And something that might interest only me: ex-Celtic, Leon Powe was waived by the Cavs.
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My GUESS is that Shaq does start, but the primary lineup is small ball with Big Baby or Krstic on the floor. Exploit mismatches and use help D.
I really loved this trade from the get go. Seemed smart.
Like you said:
1) avoid contract craziness
2) get youth for the future
3) get center that stretches the D with an outside shot and opens things up for the others on the post
4) get legit center that can play at the end of the game and be trusted with free throws
5) get a draft pick
6) unload Nate Rob's dead weight for something in return
7) avoid possible injury nightmare scenario
Win. Win. And Win. Seven times win.
Love it for short and long term benefits.
@Tesche Then who does start? Shaq's not exactly a picture of health any time, and the guy is THIRTY NINE on March 6th! JO'N - is he even going to be healthy... like... ever? And you're not starting Big Baby...
@WithMalice he doesn't need to start...just hit freethrows and provide space when needed...
Man... if Boston get to "Laaaadies and geeeeentlemen - introducing your starting center: Neeeeeeeeh-nad Kuuuuuuh-RISSSSTIC!!"...
Then Boston are in a world of hurt.
And... in case we've forgotten...
Krstic back-pedals faster than Melo when Sofoklis Schortsanitis ("Greek Shaq") starts walking towards him.
@WithMalice Both are Krstic, he's a 7 footer with 17 foot range. Perkins provided instant double teams if Pierce or Garnett was posting up....Krstic can hang around the top of the key and his man has to stay with him . He's also a good free throw shooter, Oerkins, was, um a liability in that area. He doesn't rebound well and has European big man image of being soft, but he opens up the floor alot more. Even Rondo will find better lanes getting to the basket or another option to dish to.
@Tesche I agree with some of what you say, but who is this:
"3) get center that stretches the D with an outside shot and opens things up for the others on the post
4) get legit center that can play at the end of the game and be trusted with free throws"