Kendrick Perkins would like a word with Terry Rozier.
Rozier made several eye-opening comments Tuesday on ESPN about his frustrating season in Boston, suggesting Kyrie Irving was the source of many of the Celtics' problems and admitting he'd rather play elsewhere than return to a roster that features Irving and Gordon Hayward.
Perkins' message to Rozier: Slow your roll, son.
I agree! I wonder where he’s getting his advice from? Not a good look going into free agency!— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) May 14, 2019
Rozier will become a restricted free agent this summer, and it sure sounds like the 25-year-old wants a fresh start somewhere else. But if you ask Perkins, who played 14 NBA seasons and won a championship with the Celtics in 2008, carping to the media isn't the right way to go about that.
I agree he’s need a starting role but let me give you some advice from a OG in this league! Never give the GMs a reason to mess with your money! You want to have a clean name going into free agency! After he gets paid then he can speak and say what he want!— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) May 14, 2019
Perkins makes a fair point: There's a chance Rozier scares off a few NBA teams by being so openly critical of his current teammates and organization. But it's worth noting Perkins cut his NBA teeth over a decade ago, and today's players have more platforms to express their desires than those of Perkins' era.
Lest you accuse Perkins of taking sides in this Celtics drama, the former big man also ripped Irving recently, claiming the way the All-Star point guard handled himself during the playoffs was "disrespectful" to Boston.
This is only the beginning of what should be an eventful summer for the C's, so expect Perkins to have plenty more thoughts.
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