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Report: Doc Rivers interested in signing Kendrick Perkins to Clippers

NBA Finals Game 2: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

BOSTON - JUNE 08: Head coach Doc Rivers high fives Kendrick Perkins #43 of the Boston Celtics on the sideline in Game Two of the 2008 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers on June 8, 2008 at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics won 108-102. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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Doc Rivers filled a major hole on the Clippers, signing Paul Pierce.

Rivers, of course, coached Pierce with the Celtics. That didn’t make the signing any better, but it probably helped lure Pierce to Los Angeles (as did L.A. being Pierce’s native city).

Likewise, this wouldn’t be a good signing because Rivers coached Kendrick Perkins. This wouldn’t be a good signing at all.

Arash Markazi of ESPN:

Why stop at Perkins?

Kevin Garnett (who has yet to sign anything officially), Rajon Rondo (who’s talking with the Kings) and Ray Allen are also free agents. Get the whole band back together.

At least a few of those players – all but Perkins – would actually help the Clippers.

Perkins, 30, has struggled the last few years and has declined even within that span. He might have intangible and leadership value.

But the Clippers just lost a playoff series because their short bench caused them to ran out of gas. They still have major depth questions, and that’s the optimistic spin. They can’t afford to use a roster spot on Perkins, who’s so limited on the court.