Doc happy to have Perk back


Doc happy to have Perk back

By Jessica Camerato

BOSTON - Doc Rivers wasnt planning on having Kendrick Perkins in the rotation for Tuesdays game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but it was an adjustment he was happy to make.

After learning of injury after injury this season on the Celtics, Rivers was glad to receive some good news - Kendrick Perkins was cleared to play ahead of schedule.

After the practice (on Monday), the doctors walked in and said they thought he should play, he said. I dont mind changing my mind.

Perkins will return more than a week ahead of his projected date of February 4. He will be limited between 12 to 16 minutes as he plays for the first time since injuring his right knee during Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

He looks pretty good, said Rivers. That was part of the reason they thought he should give it a go and ease him in with minutes. Hes on a minute restriction and well see how it goes.

Even though the Celtics starting five will not be on the court together at tip-off, Rivers looks forward to having all of them available to play.

Its just another piece were adding, is the way I look at it. he said. Thats great for us. So the healthier we can get, the better we can get, the more consistent we can become, and we can start growing. Its tough to grow as a team when half your team, or at least your bench, is not playing.

Perkins activation is not related to the injuries of Jermaine and Shaquille ONeal. Rather it is a matter of getting Perkins playing time so he can gain rhythm and be best prepared for the postseason.

Rivers will watch Perkins carefully to make sure he doesnt overextend himself in his return. There is one small issue, though, that he cant control.

Im just hoping he doesnt foul out in those little 16 minutes tonight, Rivers laughed. Which is very likely.

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Wojnarowski thinks Celtics are perfect candidate for Jimmy Butler trade

Wojnarowski thinks Celtics are perfect candidate for Jimmy Butler trade

Most NBA teams would benefit from adding Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler. But few NBA have the assets to acquire him. The most legitimate suitor in the NBA resides in Boston.

"The potential of a Boston-Chicago deal for Jimmy Butler -- I think it will loom over the entire week," Yahoo! NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski said Saturday. "These teams have engaged on the potential of this trade. They have not gotten far down the road on it. There still needs to be alignment within the Bulls organization -- from ownership to management -- that they want to make the decision to enter a full rebuild.

He added: "But the poential of this deal really illustrates the State Farm right combo, because these are two teams that have exactly what the other wants. Boston has been hoarding assets for years for a couple of season, trying to get in the position to get a star player."

Wojnarowski suggested the first building block for the Butler trade would start with either the 2017 or 2018 Brooklyn Nets' first-round pick, which the Celtics acquired in 2013 in the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trade.

"And Jimmy Butler in Boston, paired with Isaiah Thomas and this Celtics team -- it would put this Celtics team in a position to seriously challenge Cleveland [Cavaliers] in the east, not only in the short term, but also in the long term."

Butler's contract extends to 2020, and then Wojnarowski explained Boston could then sign the guard to another long-term deal. In the meantime, he could help Boston surpass a vulnerable-looking Cavaliers team.

Forbes ranks Celtics as fifth-most valuable NBA franchise

Forbes ranks Celtics as fifth-most valuable NBA franchise

The Boston Celtics are one of the NBA's top teams -- and not just in terms of talent. Forbes has ranked the Celtics as the fifth-most valuable NBA franchise at $2.2 billion.

The Celtics "sport" valuation is one of the highest in the NBA at $674 million. Their "market" valuation comes in as $883 million, their "arena" valuation falls at $341 million and their "brand" valuation stands at $302 million.

Boston is a constant in a continually emerging NBA. Forbes reports the NBA is worth $1.36 billion, which 3.5 times its value five years ago. The league is also on a seven-year collective bargaining agreement that will provide stability in the league for that duration. The NBA also signed a $24 billion deal with ESPN and TNT that began at the start of the 2016-17 season.

The Celtics will continue to play an important part in the growth of the league.