|Irish Coffee: Get over the Kendrick Perkins trade||03.01.11 at 11:51 am ET|
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Five days after being traded from the Celtics, Kendrick Perkins and the Thunder brass have already agreed to terms on a contract extenion. Wait a second … WHAT?!?!
If you’ll recall, Perkins turned down a four-year, $22 million deal from the Celtics, and after trading the championship-winning center Celtics president Danny Ainge told us Perkins “really wanted to test the market and see what his value was.”
Apparently not. He just wanted a better offer, and the Celtics couldn’t give it to him. Their $22 million offer was the maximum they could allocate to him. They couldn’t have offered him four years and $34.8 million, which is what the Thunder did, according to Yahoo! Sports. A difference of $3.2 million per season is a big deal. Literally.
And it’s exactly why I’m an even bigger advocate of the Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic acquisitions than I already was. Is Perkins an $8.7 million a year player? Heck no.
As for the remaining Celtics, let’s all hope the veterans get over this “Whoa is me, Perk is gone” mentality that’s been fairly evident on and off the court. As CBS Sports columnist Ken Berger pointed out last week, it’s the Big Four’s $57 million worth of contracts next season that limited the Celtics’ offer to $22 million.
If they wanted Perkins for the remainder of this season and beyond, why didn’t Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen offer up a total of $800,000 apiece per year over the next four seasons so Perkins could get his $35 million wish?
Never mind the fact that the Celtics got the best player in the deal (Green) and another guy (Krstic) who gives you comparable numbers to Perkins for a player who was obviously never going to sign in Boston this summer.
|Report: Knicks to buy out Corey Brewer, who could fit with Celtics||02.28.11 at 5:20 pm ET|
In a mild surprise, the Knicks are working on a buyout with Corey Brewer, per ESPN’s Marc Stein, presumably to make room for Jared Jeffries once he clears waivers. Stein has the Celtics in the mix for Brewer’s services, along with the Thunder, Spurs and Mavericks.
Players have to be placed on waivers by the end of Tuesday to be eligible for another team’s playoff roster. Once a player is bought out of his contract, he must be placed on waivers. The waiver period is 48 hours. If no one claims him, Brewer will become a free agent and can sign anywhere for the veterans minimum.
As part of the Florida team that won back-to-back national championships, and later as a lottery pick, Brewer carries solid name recognition. But in four years in the NBA he has proved to be a limited offensive player. Brewer is a 40 percent shooter from the floor and a 41 percent shooter from 3-point range. He’ll also turn 25 this week, so there’s much development time left for him. Still, he’s an athletic 6-foot-9 and has value as a wing defender.