Not that I doubt Danny Ainge. He’s done too good a job for me to suspect his rationale on making personnel moves. I just hope he’s got some plan to shore up the center position that doesn’t include the phrase, “Once Shaq and Jermaine get healthy…” because that’s disaster. Garnett cannot defend Howard or Bynum. He just can’t. He’s barely big enough to contend with Pau. Baby has the strength to hold position against anybody this side of teammate Shaquille, but he’s too short to contest post moves from 7 footers.
Green’s more of a 3 than a 4 and nowhere near being able to play the 5. He’s a nice answer to the question of who’s going to back up Pierce, and he can sub KG too. I like the pick up. I just wish we hadn’t given up the best post defender in the conference to do it. The team defense will suffer as well without Kendrick making strong rotations and sweeping the boards. The good news is they’ve got a lot of experience playing without Perk at this point so (good lord I’m going to say it…) IF THE O’NEALS can get healthy… uggh.
Not sure how the Thunder are going to adjust to not having Green. He was their third leading scorer, and his ability to spread the floor helped keep the paint clear for Russell Westbrook to attack the paint with reckless abandon. Perkins will help their post defense tremendously, but neither he nor incumbent 4/5 Ibaka have notable range on their jump shots, which could confound Russell’s driving and thriving, and make Durant even more of stand still jump shooter by necessity.
On a personal note, Perkins was the second longest tenured Celtic on the team behind only Paul Pierce. We got to watch him grow up from a moody, teenage manboy mountain into a moody grown up man mountain. I’ll miss him and his Klingon scowl.