“I’m still trying to get back in. I’ve been working two-a-days over the last couple of months. Just been going hard. Got a couple of calls, just a few teams say they want to start trying me out and working me out before the free agency’s over with. So, just trying to get back in and see what it do.
“One more push.”
Perkins, who just recently turned 32, spent his first-seven seasons in the NBA with the Boston Celtics. He was able to provide a very crucial role for them in their 2007-08 championship run. And as he continued to become older, Perkins had turned himself into valuable mentor for contending teams.
CAREER AVERAGES: 5.4 POINTS, 5.8 REBOUNDS, 1.2 BLOCKS, AND 53% FG.
After his stint with the Celtics, Perkins was then traded with Nate Robinson, who’s also currently campaigning himself for a possible return, to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2010-11 season. This was for Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic, cash considerations, and a 2012 first-round pick, in which Boston later selected Center Fab Melo. (Rest easy, Fab.)
The Thunder were young, yet certainly a talented franchise for many years moving forward. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden were ready to become one of the NBA’s premier trios. But to add a composed veteran a la Perkins, who was able to not only provide toughness, but as well as great mentorship for Serge Ibaka. The Thunder were fully-set to contend in the Western Conference. They were able to do jus that, but after losing the 2012 NBA Finals, it didn’t seem as if they’d ever find their way back to the highest stage again. Unfortunately, that’s been the result.
Perkins continued to become a vital asset for winning-teams. But before that commenced, he was involved in a nine-player deal that would send him to the Utah Jazz, and ultimately send Center Enes Kanter to the Thunder. Two days later, the Jazz waived him.
The Cleveland Cavaliers gave Perkins a call — in just three days after being waived by Utah. His veteran presence was important for the Cavaliers, as they were destined to compete, following Lebron James return to Cleveland. But the Cavaliers lost in six-games to the Golden State Warriors in the 2015 NBA Finals. And after signing didn’t bring Perkins back following the next season. It was reported that several players for Cleveland were furious that a deal wasn’t made to bring back the veteran.
Perkins’ final stop in the NBA was with the New Orleans Pelicans. Many found the signing odd, because the Pelicans weren’t necessarily a “strong” competitor in the Western Conference, but were also coming off an incredible postseason-birth. And leading their way, was none other than superstar Power Forward Anthony Davis.
Kendrick was intrigued by not only Davis, but was well as the rest of the team’s youth. But due to ongoing injuries to most of their perimeter players, such as Tyreke Evans (25 games), Eric Gordon (45 games) and Norris Cole (45 games), New Orleans wasn’t quite able to duplicate the promising season that they had prior. They missed the postseason with a 30-52 record, which was twelfth in the West.
For today’s NBA, a rejuvenated Kendrick Perkins would be a necessity for teams trying to win. Whether they’re contending for the first-seed, or the eighth. Sure, he was never known as an impactful player, but as someone who can give you a strong and physical style of play, whether it’s setting some devouring screens or drawing excellent charges, many teams should have their eyes on him.
Besides, no one misses the 2014 Shaqtin A’ Fool MVP more than I do: