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Celtics Morning Joe: Doc calls Perk trade a mistake

Posted by shawn cassidy on September 13, 2013 at 5:00 AM

It's been over two years since the Perkins trade, but it always comes up here and there every once an awhile. I'm sure at the time of the trade, and until his last second with the Celtics,  Doc backed Danny on the trade, now he tells us how he really feels. The trade was a mistake for that point and time. Long term the deal was for the best. Some started to hate Danny at that very moment, and they still dislike the man for the move. Danny disrupted a starting five that one a title, and that came close the year before. For some people Danny cost the Celtics a title that season. Maybe he did, and maybe he didn't. I feel like Danny rushed things a bit with that trade. I always felt like Danny could have replaced Daniels in another manner, after he went down with season ending neck injury. I've made peace with the trade, I'm more bitter with the Finals loss in 2010.


“I think [it was a mistake] because we needed the toughness," Rivers said. "The one thing we did by losing Perk was we removed Kevin’s protector. I didn’t think it was a coincidence that, after Perk left, that Kevin got into all those little flicks with the other teams. Perk deflected all that.”

Doc wasn't done with just the Perk trade, he reopened his dislike of the Paul Pierce trade.

“I didn’t want Paul to go, even though I knew it was coming,” said Rivers. “That was a tough one for me. Even when I was here and it was being talked about — my thing is, Kobe [Bryant] is going to end up being a Laker for life. Dirk [Nowitzki] is going to be a Maverick. That’s the one thing that, if we didn’t do right, that was the one right thing we didn’t do for Paul.”

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Reply paul
5:12 AM on September 13, 2013 
I don't think there is any question whatsoever about the Perkins trade. In the long run, swapping Perkins for Green MIGHT have been a good move (though it's worth noting that three years on we STILL have no center), but it blew off what clearly was an excellent shot at a championship. It makes me sick that people continue to defend that trade. This is not one of those "oh it could be this way, it could be that way, it's all opinion" sort of things. You traded away your starting center, a guy who was key to everything that made your team successful, on the verge of the playoffs?!!!! But even now, several years gone, with Green looking like a much better player than Perkins, WE STILL HAVE NO CENTER!!!

Ainge essentially blew off an excellent chance at a championship, and he presumably did it at the owner's request. I see it as the first shot in the Lockout War. It was the owners' way of letting the players know that they were willing to sacrifice anything to get what they wanted. I guess I'm glad we have Green now, though I wonder how well he and Rondo will play together, since Green seems to want the ball in his hands more than Pierce even, and I think we will actually have to trade either Rondo or Green...

As for Doc, it was obvious at the time that he was lying about the trade as he defended it, and he admittted as much after the season, basically, saying back then that the timing was bad. Yes it was.