Sam Amick, a former Kings beat guy, is a trusted NBA reporter, so I’d take this seriously (via FanHouse):
A league front-office source told FanHouse that the Celtics have been dangling center Kendrick Perkins and their No. 19 pick to teams with high lottery picks in attempt to add a dynamic young talent to their aging core. It’s a tough sell, considering Perkins is facing surgery as early as Friday after tearing his medial collateral ligament and partially tearing his posterior cruciate ligament in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
I’d be shocked if a deal like this went down, only because Perk is injured and the C’s front-line depth is non-existent. Perhaps Ainge has one player—and one player only—for whom he’d do this deal, and given the state of the C’s, I’d guess that player is Cousins. The unpredictability surrounding what the Nets will do at No. 3 also throws a wrench into a deal like this—what if they decide at the last minute they want to draft (and keep) the player Ainge wants?
Another thing to remember: Perk is now an expiring contract.
In any case, we’ve now got reports that the C’s are looking to move up and down in the draft. Let’s just agree that the C’s are looking to move, OK?