Former Boston Celtics center Kendrick Perkins is looking for a final year in the NBA halfway through the season, and he has reached out to the Celtics, according to the Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn.
Perkins, attending an event honoring Paul Pierce at the TD Garden on Wednesday, said he doesn’t plan to play beyond this season.
Kendrick Perkins said he wants to play in the NBA this season but said it would be his last year. Waiting for 10-day opportunities to open up in January and he has reached out to #Celtics pic.twitter.com/IQMwl9cmz7
— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) November 28, 2018
Perkins has not been a particularly productive NBA player in several seasons. He appeared in one game for the Cleveland Cavaliers last season, finishing with three points and two assists.
But if the Celtics gave Perkins a shot, they wouldn’t be interested in his production — they would be looking for leadership on a young team struggling to put everything together. Perkins always had gravitas in a locker room, which is likely how he would try to sell his skills to a team.
A return to Boston is probably a long shot. The Celtics will be a playoff team, and they will have plenty of options on the buyout market (the period for which Perkins says he is waiting). But for nostalgia’s sake, Celtics fans would probably enjoy having the scowling big man back on the sideline, even if his basketball usefulness would be limited.