Former Celtics center Kendrick Perkins has remained close with Rajon Rondo over the years, and says that the star point guard no longer wanted to be a Celtic.

Rondo was traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and Perkins envisions a bright future in Texas for his old floor general.

Rondo was the last remaining member of the 2008 NBA championship squad.

Per Yahoo! Sports:

“He wanted out, but he would never say that though,” Perkins said.

 

“Going to nice weather, a contender,” Perkins said. “Hopefully, he will do what he got to do in terms of his contract extension. It’s a great opportunity. I’m happy for him. I’m not happy he is in the West, but I’m happy for him. His time was probably up in Boston. He did his due. He was cool, happy. He was excited. He’s going to a contender. He’s 29 [years old] so rebuilding is out of the question now.”

 

“He makes them a better team,” Perkins said. “He is going to be able to pass for open shots, so he is going to be dangerous, especially with the lineup he got with him. It’s going to be pretty sick. They were already a good team. He made them a great team in my opinion.”