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Celtics’ Ainge says he would do Perkins trade again “as of today”

Apr 20, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

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Two close, unimpressive wins over the banged up New York Knicks has not got made Celtics GM Danny Ainge go where plenty of Celtics fans already have.

He still does not regret the Kendrick Perkins for Jeff Green trade, he told CSN New England.

Not yet anyway.

“I would do the trade over again in a heartbeat, as of today,” said Ainge. “But at the end of the season, I’ll look at all the things and I’ll be the first one to say . . . some things that we could have done or that we didn’t, or things that we did do that we shouldn’t [have].”

Ainge flatly rejected the notion that the Celtics lost their toughness with the trade of Perkins.

“That would embarrass me if I was Kevin Garnett or Paul Pierce or Ray Allen or Rajon Rondo or whoever else,” he said. “[We] got one guy that’s tough? That’s ridiculous . . .

“It’s a team thing. It has nothing to with the presence of one guy.”

To be fair, having Kendrick Perkins around would not have helped in Game 2 — Carmelo Anthony and his ability to drain ridiculous contested jumpers is why the Knicks always had a puncher’s chance in this series. They have guys who can just steal games. (Jared Jeffries is not one of those guys.)

In the first game, when Amar’e Stoudemire was taking Kevin Garnett off the dribble and getting to the rim… yea, Perkins might have helped there.

But Ainge knows — he had to know when he pulled the trigger on this one — that if te Celtics do anything less than hang banner 18 this trade would be blamed. Whether or not it was the reason.

  1. bigdak - Apr 20, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Yea those other 4 guys are tough but Perk pulled them all together and made hem all seem tougher. If the c’s have to play miami or orlando they are in deep trouble, if they had Perk they wouldnt be and they would be hanging that 18th banner…

    • kast2l - Apr 20, 2011 at 10:47 AM

      Can’t say I agree, but wasn’t the main reason they traded perkins is because they couldn’t extend him? I’m not sure what Jeff Green’s contract is like but I’m pretty sure that was mainly the reason and Ainge felt like they could win without him.

  2. thekingdave - Apr 20, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    “Two close, unimpressive wins over the banged up New York Knicks has not got made Celtics GM Danny Ainge go where plenty of Celtics fans already have.”


  3. fouldwimmerlaik - Apr 20, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    This is one of the many reasons Ainge is a moron…as of today. This was a BAD move by the Celts.

    • andyhr17 - Apr 20, 2011 at 10:47 AM

      He assembled a team of all-star, hall of famers and got Rajon Rondo and Glen Davis in a lopsided trade…yet he’s a moron because he made a trade that benefited them in the future? He didn’t want the team to turn out how it did when Bird, McHale, and Parrish all left at the same time.

  4. hnirobert3 - Apr 20, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    What do people expect him to say? His team’s in the middle of a playoff run.

    • pellypell - Apr 20, 2011 at 12:02 PM

      That he messed up and the Cs should just call it quits right now.

  5. passerby23 - Apr 20, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    I’m one of the people who thought it was a good move at the time. Let’s not also forget a big reason for the deal was no backup SF whatsoever with Marquis Daniels done for the year. Disappointing as he has been, the Celtics still need Jeff Green. Where has Troy Murphy been?? That was a big signing two months ago.

    • andyhr17 - Apr 20, 2011 at 11:41 AM

      Eh, Murphy was a signing…not a big signing. He was on the same level of signing as they had with PJ Brown or Sam Cassell, or Michael Finley in the previous years.

  6. loungefly74 - Apr 20, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    exactly robert3. that is what he needs to say right now. he can’t say, “awww shucks guys..ya know KG and ray ray are still crying each night, etc, blah, blah,”…NO, ainge said what he needed to say. NOW as fans of the game, yes, we can say, “yeah, danny boy, bad move.” IF they don’t win the title. winning cures all.

  7. oumoonunit - Apr 20, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Ray Allen and Paul Pierce are not going to be around much longer. Green has the potential to be a very good wind player for the next 10 years; he is already pretty good, so it is not all potential either. He can be a very important building block for the 18th, 19th, 20th, etc banner, and Rondo might be the only one still around with him by then. It was a good move, but people from Boston are some of the most ill-educated short-sighted scum on the earth.

    • oumoonunit - Apr 20, 2011 at 12:38 PM

      Wing player* not wind

    • loungefly74 - Apr 20, 2011 at 12:48 PM

      what is tough though is the ” a bird in the hand..” philosophy. with Perk, they would be favored, heavily. sometimes its just too hard to justify the “down the road” approach when something, right now, is there for the taking. danny boy is a vet though. it’s all about the fans just having faith in him. his intentions were good.

  8. passerby23 - Apr 20, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    If Shaq was giving them 15 minutes a night right now and J.O. another 10 of reasonably solid minutes, would we be having this discussion? If Jeff Green was giving them a little more than he is now, would we be having this discussion?

    Let’s also not forget Perkins was injured and still coming back from a serious leg injury. His health was questionable too. If he was possibly done for the year, the trade would’ve looked brilliant.

    IF Shaq is able to come back and give them something, then they are also competitive with Jeff Green locked up for the future.

    • yeahisaiditsowhat - Apr 25, 2011 at 5:55 PM

      “If Shaq was giving them 15 minutes…”
      “If Jeff Green was giving them a little more than…”
      “If he was possibly done for the year…”
      “IF Shaq is able to come back and…

      If, if, if, and one more big “IF”?
      Add a “maybe” and what do you have?
      A bunch of wouldda, couldda, shouldda.
      It will all be sure a month from now.

  9. LPad - Apr 20, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    I like Perkins and think he is a very good player, but the media acts like he’s a superstar and is more valuable than KG, PP, Allen and Rondo. They ignore the fact that at times during playoffs he has been a liability on the offensive end, the fact the team played very well without him and that players replacing him are better offensively so it almost balances out what they lost defensively.

    For example in game one when they supposedly needed Perk, JONeal made two key defensive plays down the stretch (protected the rim against Billups on the play Billups got hurt and he picked up the charge against Amare) and had about 3 or 4 blocks. So they didn’t lose that much defensively and O’Neal dominated on the offensive end for stretchs keeping the Celtics in the game.

    Bottom line, they needed to make this trade given Pierce’s recent scoring struggles against LeBron. They needed another scorer to make up for it and they got that in Green. Green also brings the added benefit of reducing the amount of times Pierce has to spend guarding LeBron, which may allow Pierce to generate some offense. In my opinion, the trade helps now and in the future.

  10. davidly - Apr 22, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    Well, he would appear to be right. And after drubbing the Knicks in MSG tonight (like chicken in a Chinese restaurant), Mr. Helin can tell the Celts fans not to get cocky, ’cause clearly a first round sweep equals not winning the title.

    • davidly - Apr 22, 2011 at 9:29 PM

      That’d be Boston who drubbed the Knicks like chicken in a Chinese restaurant tonight, not you, Kurt. Sorry for mangling the syntax.

  11. chicagofan - Apr 23, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Everyone seems to ignore the fact that Perkins would have been able to join any Eastern Conference Team at the end of this season and moving him to the Western Conference prevents Miami or Atlanta from adding the last piece to a championship team. Perkins has terrible hands with frequent turnovers and is a poor free throw shooter which also made him expendable.

  12. rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 27, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    Perkins is a thug, he has no offensive game, he does have a ugly face, just like KG.
    Thank god they broke them up. Ainge did the right thing, Kobe and his boyz will bust
    him up.

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