In the city of Boston, Kendrick Perkins will forever be synonymous with the 2008 NBA championship team.
But when he returned to TD Garden as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night, the veteran center was welcomed with waves of cheers and with questions about his friend and former teammate -- Kevin Durant.
Durant, the soon-to-be free agent is considered to be a target for Celtics president Danny Ainge this summer. Perkins, who played five season alongside Durant in Oklahoma City, considers him a close friend of his and admitted that they've talked about Durant's big decision, this summer.
"He did shoot some teams out there that he made me sign a confidentiality form that I couldn't tell nobody," Perkins said. "He's got a few teams that he will be looking at."When the veteran center was asked if the Celtics is a team that Durant is considering signing with, he added:
"I can't answer that," Perkins said. "I want to, but I can't. I mean, I don't know. I do know, but I don't know."Perkins added that the Thunder's playoff performance will have an impact on Durant's decision to leave Oklahoma City .
"[If the Thunder] win it all, he can't leave, in my opinion," Perkins said. "But if they don't, it might be time for a change."Finally, he praised the Celtics for their success and is impressed with how well they've played this season.
"They are a scary team to go against in the playoffs," Perkins stated. "You can feel they enjoy playing with each other. They play at a high level. They've got a lot of young talent. I watched when they beat Golden State and they were very impressive. I'll tell you what, that Isaiah Thomas is playing at a high level right now."
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