Boston Celtics Should Sign Kendrick Perkins to Veteran’s Minimum to Boost Chances of Beating Cleveland Cavaliers

By Jeff Harris, Posted: 07/17/17 04:41AM EDT
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Kendrick Perkins intends on making a comeback in the NBA, but which team will welcome him with open arms?(Photo : 1677091 Productions/YouTube Screenshot)

NBA veteran Kendrick Perkins plans to make a comeback this season. After getting no attention from the free agency last season, Perkins looks in good shape when he dropped by the Las Vegas Summer League last week.

"The body feels good, man, I'm just sitting here waiting on an opportunity," the 6'10 center told Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe. "Hopefully I can get a training camp invite soon. I want to earn my way. I don't want nobody to give me nothing. So I've been working hard, going two or three times a day, working and grinding. I'm just trying to stay with it."

At 32 years of age, Perkins has something even some NBA superstars are missing - an NBA championship ring. The man was the starting center of the Boston Celtics which defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2008 NBA Finals. The team back then is composed by Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo.

Twice, Perkins came to close to getting additional championship ring - during the 2010 and the 2012 NBA Finals - playing for the Celtics and then later with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He may have a second ring, albeit a third ring if the Boston Celtics won the 2010 NBA Finals against the Lakers.

Unfortunately, Perkins run out of luck during the Game 6 of the NBA Finals where he suffered Medial collateral ligament (MCL) and Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in his right knee. The Celtics were defeated by the Lakers in Game 7, and Perkins was never the same again. The next season, he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Now that he intends on making a comeback, what can he offer? According to Basketball Insider, Perkins has a career average 5.4 points and 5.8 rebounds (these numbers dropped after his injury in 2010) while he average 2.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in 14.6 minutes of action with the New Orleans Pelicans.

With a year's rest, what adjustments did he make to become better than the new crops of NBA superstars? Given the chance, will he agree to sign a veteran's minimum with the Boston Celtics to boost their chances of getting rid of the Cleveland Cavaliers as the Eastern Conference champions?



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