The Boston Herald has the update on Perk: he may be out until the start of calendar year 2011:
“They told me to expect late December or early January,’’ said Perkins. “I don’t know what is expected from something like this, but I’m just going to go with the plan and see what I have to do.
“But after I took the MRI and found out that it was an ACL I was surprised – I have to admit that,’’ he said. “So I just have to go with things.’’
This diagnosis has to tweak the way Boston approaches free agency. If Perk is out till the start of January, he’ll miss about 30 games, and we know Boston can’t compensate for Perk’s absence by playing KG 40 minutes a night. Filling the front line was the first priority already, but there is now greater urgency behind the need to sign two or three bigs capable of soaking up minutes.
In other news: We’re about 27 hours away from the deadline by which Paul Pierce must decide whether to terminate his contract and become a free agent.
Mr. Triple Double 10, writing at Red’s Army, thinks this interview Pierce gave at a Nike Town event is evidence he’s coming back.
But Larry Coon, a salary cap expert, says he would advise Pierce to opt out and sign a new deal rather than take his chances under a new collective bargaining agreement. He Tweeted this about an hour ago:
Good news: We’ll have answers soon.