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Kendrick Perkins says he wants to come back to Celtics, but they don't seem interested –– for now

Alex Reimer
November 29, 2018 - 2:02 pm

Kyrie Irving said the Celtics could use a 14- or 15-year veteran on their squad. Enter 15-year vet and beloved ex-Green Teamer, Kendrick Perkins.

At the T.D. Garden Sports Museum annual gala Wednesday, where Perkins was there to introduce honoree Paul Pierce, the big man told NBC Sports Boston he’s reached out to Danny Ainge about returning to Boston. Perkins played with the Celtics for eight seasons, and was the starting center on their 2008 championship club.

“I did reach out to Danny,” Perkins said, per NBC Sports’ A. Sherrod Blakely. “I told him (Ainge), ‘I’m here if you need me.’ He said, ‘You know what Perk? I would love for you to end your career here.’ And I was like, ‘OK, keep me in mind.’”

Perkins career with the Celtics ended suddenly when Ainge dealt him to the Thunder for Jeff Green in 2011. At the time of the trade, the Celtics looked like front-runners in the East, but wound up losing to the Heat in the conference semi-finals. 

Though Perkins may help the Celtics’ chemistry, there might not be a place for him on the roster. Ainge said in a radio interview Thursday the C’s are set at the center position right now, with Al Horford, Aron Baynes and Daniel Theis. Horford enjoyed his best game of the season in Boston's 124-107 win over the Pelicans Monday, scoring 20 points. 

Perkins attempted a short-lived comeback with the Cavs last season, playing in one game. He averaged 6.4 points per night with 6.1 rebounds in eight seasons with the Celtics. 

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