Saturday, March 5, 2011
Experts, C's staff talk Perkins trade
By Marc Thaler, Special to ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- On the topic of the recent trade involving Kendrick Perkins, an unmistakable green line divides Boston Celtics fans into two camps.
The trade either receives an approving thumbs-up or it's met with a thumbs-down -- and considerable disgust.
The bold decision of Danny Ainge, Celtics president and director of basketball operations, to deal one-fifth of the starting five from the franchise's 17th-title team remains a hot-button topic. An attendee's question during Friday's 5th annual sports analytics conference hosted by MIT's Sloan School of Management proved it.
Why trade Perkins -- part of a multiplayer deal that sent the center and Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City for Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic and a 2012 first-round pick -- when Boston's window to win is now?
No matter the statistical data that's applied, it's clear the decision still has its head-scratching detractors.
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