Doc happy to have Perk back

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Doc happy to have Perk back

By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com

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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Report: Celtics could land George if they sign Hayward

Report: Celtics could land George if they sign Hayward

As rumors swirl in this post-draft, pre-free agency week for the NBA, Adam Kaufman of 98.5 The Sports Hub reported Friday that the Celtics could land long-rumored target Gordon Hayward AND trade for Paul George. And Kaufman says George would be more than just a one-year rental.

Kaufman elaborated on a possible George deal on his "Celtics @ 7" show Saturday. He said the trade with the Indiana Pacers wouldn't cost Boston next year's Brooklyn pick, rather it would be the first-round pick (Lakers 2018 or Kings 2010) acquired this week from the Philadelphia 76ers when Boston traded down the No. 1 for No. 3, along with Jae Crowder and another salary filler. 

MORE CELTICS: 

Before you run out and buy that No. 13 Celtics Paul George jersey, Dan Feldman of NBCSports.com explains how financially disadvantageous it would be for George - long thought to want to head to the Lakers - to do this. 


 

Did Suns ask Josh Jackson to cancel his Celtics workout to keep him from Boston?

Did Suns ask Josh Jackson to cancel his Celtics workout to keep him from Boston?

Danny Ainge made no secret of being miffed when Kansas small forward Josh Jackson canceled his workout with the Celtics in Sacramento at the last minute. 

The Celtics, of course, passed on Jackson and selected Jayson Tatum of Duke with the third overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night.

Suns GM Ryan McDonough's comments at Jackson's introductory press conference lend some credence to the theory that the canceled workout was part of Phoenix's plan to keep the Celtics from selecting Jackson and leave him for the Suns at No. 4.

Check out this portion of Jackson's presser via a tweet from Mike McClune of KPHO-TV: 

"I think you guys who know me well know how competitive I am. Look, it is a competition," said McDonough, a former assistant GM to Ainge with the C's "The Celtics were ahead of us at No. 3 and they could have selected whoever they wanted to. I think they got a very good player in Jayson Tatum, but that doesn’t mean B.J. [Armstrong, Jackson's agent] and I and...other members of my staff couldn’t talk and try to formulate the best plan to get a player we were really high on to a place we felt he really wanted to go and would be a great fit for him.

"We played by the rules – I guess,” McDonough said to some laughter in the room.

Jackson will certainly get more playing time with the rebuilding Suns that the contending Celtics. Ainge called Jackson "a terrific kid and a good player” after the draft, and said the Celtics were set on Tatum all along, even if they hadn't traded the No. 1 pick.

Jackson said his decision to blow off Ainge coach Brad Stevens and assistant GM Mike Zarren after their cross-country flight was "last-minute" and his plans to work out "just didn't work out."