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Rondo, Perkins to team up again

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Rondo, Perkins to team up again

By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com Follow @JCameratoNBA

The tight-knit duo of Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins are teaming up again this summer. This time, Rondo is supporting Perkins community events in his home state of Texas.

On Thursday, Rondo will join Perkins at an autograph signing at the Mid County Chick-Fil-A restaurant in Port Arthur from 6-8 p.m. to help raise money for the Port Arthur Lincoln Alumni Organization. Twenty percent of the restaurants proceeds collected during the meet-and-greet will be donated to the L.H.S. Mass Reunion.

Lincoln High School alumnuscurrent Milwaukee Buck Stephen Jackson and Perkins Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Kevin Durant are also expected to be there.

Perkins, who attended Clifton J. Ozen High School in nearby Beaumont, has ties to Lincoln High School through his high school basketball coach, Andre Boutte. Prior to working at Ozen, Boutte coached Jackson on the Lincoln basketball team.

The following day, Perkins will host a celebrity basketball game at Ozen High School at 1:00 p.m. Rondo is slated to participate in the game, along with Jackson and the Thunders Durant, James Harden, and Eric Maynor. The game will wrap up Perkins second annual basketball camp held in his hometown.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter at http:twitter.com!JCameratoNBA.

OFFSEASON

Kevin Durant solidifying invitations for free agent meetings, including Celtics

Kevin Durant solidifying invitations for free agent meetings, including Celtics

The wheels of the Kevin Durant free agent train have been set in motion.

"Durant’s representatives at Roc Nation are working to solidify invitations" for meetings with a list of six teams, which includes the Boston Celtics, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. The other teams listed are the Warriors, Clippers, Heat, Spurs and Thunder. The Nuggets, Knicks, Lakers, Rockets, and Wizards could "could still find audiences with him," but they are considered outsiders.

Wojnarowski says the Thunder remain the frontrunners, but "the Warriors have Durant's attention."

If Durant chooses the Warriors, it could happen very quickly. Warriors restricted free agent Harrison Barnes could sign an offer sheet for a contract on July 1, which would mean the Warriors would have only have three days to match the deal. They'd likely need a decision from Durant before then, or they'd risk losing one of their valuable pieces without being able to fill his role.

Durant plans on making his decision before July 9 anyway, according to Wojnarowski, because that's when he's leaving for a publicity tour in the Far East.

The fact the Celtics are even on Durant's primary list shouldn't come as a surprise considering his actions after his game in Boston against the Celtics earlier this year. They do have tough competition though. Both the Warriors and Heat have the cap space to absorb Durant's likely max contract worth about $26.4 million, and the Spurs can easily create the space if necessary.

The Clippers are interesting though, because they'd have to deal one of their stars (Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, or Blake Griffin) to free the cap space to sign Durant. If he does choose the Clippers, maybe Danny Ainge could help Doc Rivers swing a deal. How about something involving Blake Griffin and Jae Crowder?

But the Celtics have an edge. They're the only team listed that can sign two max contract free agents. If Durant wants to play with his buddy Al Horford, or anyone else for that matter, the Celtics can make it happen. How about a 2007 draft class reunion with Durant, Horford, and Jared Dudley? It's an odd trio, but Dudley has already expressed interest in joining the Celtics.

No matter what happens though, the Celtics are in the race. Fans might be disappointed after Thursday night, but we're just getting started, folks.

Kevin O’Connor can be followed on Twitter: @KevinOConnorNBA