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To give away Kendrick Perkins is a blow to anyone who understands his significance to the team. Aside from Kevin Garnett, he is the other low-post presence that makes his money on the defensive end.
Perkins is also one of the few players who can man up with players like Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum, who tend to give the C's and every team plenty of problems inside.
But let's not sleep on center Nenad Krstic, who was acquired in the trade for Perkins early Thursday.
Krstic, a six-year veteran from Yugoslavia, is averaging 7.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in just 21 minutes of play. He also shoots accurately, at 49.8 percent from the field this season.
Unlike Perkins, Krstic has started in nearly every game in the last two seasons. Last season, Krstic missed six games and has missed nine this season, making for a combined 15 games. Perkins on the other hand, had missed all of this season up until late January.
In the 115-93 win against Golden State, Perkins hurt his knee yet again, and according to Ainge will be out the next week of play.
It would be an unfair statement to say Krstic is a better player than Perkins, or even a player of the same skill level as Perk.
Yet, with Perkins giving the Celtics limited options with his contract—and a potential talent in Green in the deal—rolling the dice with Krstic might not be a bad option.
When Perkins' contract expires after this season, the Celtics would in turn be receiving no value for Perkins, as he could sign a new contract with another team.