Monday, May 16th, 2011 at 3:30 pm  |  30 responses

Doc Rivers Would Have Waited On Kendrick Perkins Deal

by Sam Riches / @sam_riches

The Kendrick Perkins trade has been an intense issue of debate since the deal was completed in February.

Today, Doc Rivers provided some further insight into his thoughts regarding the trade, citing a resulting lack of continuity amongst the new players and stating in hindsight, he would have waited until the end of the season to complete the deal.

From the Boston Globe:

“‘Well, it was more not that the trust went away, the know-how went away,” Rivers said. “The continuity went away. That’s what the trade affected more than anything. Obviously, Perk was great to our team and all that. But it was more that you have new guys playing different positions and you had a guy who could literally reach back into a playbook and throw out something that was three or four years old and they all knew it, when Perk was there.

‘I would wait until after the year is over. I’ll put it that way. I do think Jeff Green has a chance to be a starter for us in the future and a hell of a basketball player. And Krstic can help. But making that trade at the time we made that trade, that made it very tough for us. And not only that, we added other pieces as well that we tried to fit in.

‘It was just a lot of moving parts to a team that the advantage that we had was that we had continuity, everybody else was new. Chicago was new and the Heat were new. They couldn’t fall back on what we could fall back on with our starting five. Once we made that trade, we took that advantage away.’”

Rivers also noted that the chemistry between Shaquille O’Neal and Boston’s starters gave the team confidence to make the trade, but when the Big Baryshnikov became sidelined with a seemingly never-ending calf and Achilles injury, the back-up plan was never given a chance.

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  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Him and everyone else not named Ainge.

  • W.Mack

    Is the ink even dry on your extension yet Doc? Ainge might be a little sensitive to you second guessing him. Slow down there guy

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    ^^^ You beat me to it…

  • theDankerNuggets

    it needed to be said…

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Word on Doc waiting. Who knows how much Perkins would have cut back on money wise for the opportunity to keep being a Celtic.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Why didn’t they just wait until the end of the season first? Why break the team up when you’re ready to make a playoff run? They could have made a deal during the summer–and if they’d won a chip, maybe Perk wouldn’t want to leave.
    But I don’t think Perkins really minds… He’s now playing in the Western Conference Finals and will probably get a pay raise in the summer.

  • dsleepy

    @teddy: perk’s not a free agent anymore. The Thunder locked him down with an extension the second he landed in OKC.

  • paul

    It’s funny that Doc would say this now, having spent the last two months virulently defending The Trade.

    it’s too late to not be a shill, Doc.

  • paul

    And how disgusting is it that Doc is STILL citing Shaq as a reason why The Trade wasn’t insane. What rot. Everyone in the world other than Doc and Danny (right!) knew that Shaq was through.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    krstic can help, but won’t be a starter or a hell of a basketball player like green. ah, unintended comedy.

  • Yesse

    Agreed. If Shaq would have been 100% healthy and stayed that way the whole season then it might have made some sense.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Second guessing? Man, everybody knows the Perk trade hurt them.

  • All Day

    ^When was the last time Shaq was 100%? When was the last time Shaq played a full season? It was foolish of Ainge and Rivers to believe that Shaq would stay healthy for the latter part of the season and the playoffs…everyone (except Ainge and Rivers) could see that Father Time had finally caught up to Shaq.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ dsleepy: Ah, okay. Thanks.

  • manigault

    if the celtics were still in and the thunder were gone this would not have been written or talked about

  • http://www.truballers414.blogspot.com Truballers414

    The Celtics took a gamble on Shaq and it didn’t pay off for them. Would Perkins have made that much of a difference we will never know. But the Celtics have to get younger and feaster.

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    And just like that they blew The C’s chances of an 18th banner. What a waste! And like some1 said, maybe if they’ve waited Hulk would’ve been ready 2 take less money just 2 stay in a winning team…
    Woulda, shoulda, coulda…
    Just cry out loud and move on.
    Hulk is a Thunder now, and with the emergence of Chi and Mia, I don’t see These C’s winning another title…
    What a waste!

  • Donatello

    The heat should kiss Ainge’s feet for bumping the celts out of contenders

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    Why make the trade at all, whether at the end of the season or in midseason? Made no sense then, makes no sense now. Jeff Green doesn’t strike me as being some future star for whom it’s worth mortgaging a shot at a title now.

  • BostonBaller

    This was all Ainge from what I gathered at the time but Doc went along with it (he had no choice) Doc said a couple of similar things about 2 weeks after the trade on WEEI radio but backed Ainge on the decision stating that IF Shaq gets healthy and plays throughout the playoffs people wouldn’t be as upset about the trade. AGAIN, this is just a coach/player answering a question and being honest. We hate it when they answer with fluff AND when they give the truth. lol. No would coulda shoulda about the Hulk trade on my end, it’s just fact that guys eyes lit up when they heard he was traded…He can’t be the Hulk any more, he’s not Green he’s blue (Beast from The X-Men was Blue)

  • dma

    well at least we know jermaine can still sort of play. ainge should know better. good big men are hard to find – ask about 20 teams in the league. wing players such as green are a dime a dozen these days.

  • ripslam

    “And Krstic can help.” Ouch, harsh Doc, lol.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    Doc never really defended the trade. He made comments implying his skepticism right after the trade happened so this is not really a new development. And what can Ainge really do to Doc? Even if the extension wasn’t signed and Doc made these comments Ainge would have to be even crazier than everyone thinks he is now to let Doc walk.

  • joe f. zamora

    if pual pierce wouldve passed the ball around the horn in the last 18.9 sec. of game 4 we would still b playing and perk wouldnt b an issue! needless to say he could b getting his 2nd ring,how many does p squared have?

  • jimmythesaint67

    ugh .. of all the celtics i couldn’t STAND of the Celtics of 80/90s .. Ainge was the worst. Worst decision of all time for a contender in any sports. Just watched “State of the Celtics” with him .. pitiful.

  • Zabba

    Translation: Never woulda pulled the trigger, it was a dumbass trade.

  • D.Stokes

    Does the words “Duh no shyt!!!” get said much in the celtics organization?

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Homer Simpson agrees with a….
    oh never mind.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Oh and judging by Shaq’s 9 or 10 minutes in the playoffs, his limping and staring at his leg when he lands, i’d say go fix that achilles, big guy. If it ruptures, a guy with your fantastic work ethic might as well retire (See Mehmet anywhere around a bball court lately? yeah, thought so)

  • BostonBaller

    Thank you dfrance, I’m glad somebody was paying attention..lol Time to head to school and brainwash the kids of the future. jk