Here's your friendly reminder that NBA players aren't oblivious to pre-deadline trade chatter.
Former Celtics big man and current ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins tweeted his belief Thursday that if Boston wants to take the next step, it needs to acquire a legitimate center.
Perkins' suggestion: Trade Gordon Hayward to the Oklahoma City Thunder for big man (and former Perkins teammate) Steven Adams.
The Celtics are missing one piece and that’s a Center that can anchor their defense!!! Who says No? Gordon Hayward for Steven Adams?— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) January 23, 2020
Guess who doesn't think the Celtics need a big man upgrade? Current big man Enes Kanter.
Don’t do drugs kids! https://t.co/JUwOWiNoW0— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) January 23, 2020
Neither participant is really at fault here; Perkins is entitled to dish out hot takes an analyst, while Kanter is entitled to disagree with Perkins' hot takes, especially when they suggest Kanter isn't good enough.
As for the take itself: Perkins isn't the first person to suggest the Celtics should add a big body ahead of the Feb. 8 trade deadline to combat Eastern Conference behemoths like Philadelphia's Joel Embiid and Milwaukee's Brook Lopez.
Perk, I have been preaching this for a month. If OKC will do it, make the move! https://t.co/mY9Gxbwaf2— Gary Tanguay (@Gary_Tanguay) January 23, 2020
🤷🏾♂️ https://t.co/d5zVwlua2R— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) January 23, 2020
Whether Boston would trade Hayward for Adams straight-up is a different story. Adams is averaging 11.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game as OKC's rock-solid rim protector but is due $27.5 million next season with a 7.5 percent trade kicker, and the Celtics reportedly are unwilling to part with any members of their "core," which presumably includes Hayward.
We'll find out between now and Feb. 6 whether Kanter or Perkins gets the last laugh.
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