Former Boston Celtics big man Kendrick Perkins told reporters on Wednesday he reached out to the Celtics, looking into a final return to the NBA this season.
According to Celtics GM Danny Ainge however, speaking to Toucher & Rich on 98.5 the Sports Hub, that partnership isn’t likely to be revived.
— Toucher and Rich (@Toucherandrich) November 29, 2018
Ainge noted the Celtics’ depth at center, with Al Horford, Aron Baynes, Daniel Theis and Robert Williams, all of whom have shown signs they deserve minutes. Williams in particular has been squeezed out of the rotation by simple math, despite playing with a ton of energy as a rookie and demonstrating some real NBA skills, both as a passer and defender. Bringing in Perkins would add yet another body to that rotation — a body that hasn’t been particularly productive at the NBA level in a few years.
Perkins would be a leader, and at times, this Celtics squad does feel like it could use a leader. But assuming Boston frees up a roster spot at some point, the Celtics would probably be better served bringing in a player who could contribute more on the court as well.
Still, nostalgia is always fun.