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Chad Finn: Should the Celtics sign Kendrick Perkins?

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Come on, Danny. Sign Perk already. What’s the downside? There isn’t one. – Bleeding Green

That’s not a question, that’s a demand. I agree with the idea that the Celtics should sign old friend Kendrick Perkins, and not just because they would be able to tell Kyrie Irving, “You wanted a 14-year vet, here you go. Don’t make him angry.”

But there are some variables to this. They need the Jabari Bird situation to be resolved since he’s holding down a roster spot.  And the reality is that it probably would start with a 10-day contract in January rather than any kind of guarantee now.

Danny Ainge acknowledged on Toucher and Rich Wednesday morning that he had spoken to Perk, but said nothing was in the plans for now. “I don’t think it’s a good fit for our team right now,’’ said Ainge. “You never know what happens during the course of a season.”

Ainge noted that the Celtics don’t have enough minutes for the bigs currently on the roster, but I’m not sure how that would be relevant to Perkins. He wouldn’t be here to actually play. He’s played 557 NBA minutes since the start of the 2015-16 season, including all of 15 last year with the Cavs.

He’d be here because he’s Perk, one of the most respected players among his peers in the league, a person Sports Illustrated called “the NBA’s best teammate” last season. You don’t think he’d be a great influence on Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Robert Williams, among others? Having Perk around is good for a team’s soul.

I’m in the minority in that I didn’t have a problem with the Celtics’ decision to trade him for Jeff Green in 2011. Perk was already in decline as a player and the Celtics needed help on the wing. But they don’t need the player now; they need the presence.

Yes, the Celtics should sign Kendrick Perkins. Hopefully in a month or so they will. But what do you guys think? I’ll hear you in the comments.


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