Ubantu is very hard to sustain, both emotionally and strategically, if players perceive that management has sold them out. No veteran team wants a Perkins-like trade, where the present (Perkins) is not only given up, but given up in favor of their own replacement (1st round draft choice)! Perhaps that, and the lack of inside presence on the offensive end which resulted from the Trade, helps to explain the Celtics woes.
LA is going to try and land Dwight Howard. The only explanation I see for the Perkins trade is that Danny Ainge has his eye on Howard or another top tier player. Otherwise, for the reasons below, it makes no sense.
Green + Kristic do not = Perkins. That much is clear, as the trade also involved a 1st round choice, and the value of the 1st round choice is by its nature a future consideration and cannot be expected to have a positive impact this year. The difference in the value of Green + Kristic versus Perkins can be expressed by the value of a first round draft choice. Two respected GM's, Danny Ainge and Sam Presti, so agreed.
With the impending labor strife, some better players are not coming out in next year's college draft. So, the draft pick may have even less value than in other years. However, I do not think Danny Ainge is anyone's fool; he must have his eye on the next move in the chess game, as he has clearly, to some extent, forsaken this year for next.
As much as I dislike the Perkins trade (a whole h^%* of a lot), it cannot be judged until we hear the other shoe drop. If the sound of that shoe is not resounding, then Danny Ainge has made a foolish trade, as I think he did. And it matters not a wit how Perkins plays for Okahoma. What matters is how he played for the Celtics, and he was a perfect complement for the Big Four.
In the meantime, go you Celts! It is not over until it is over.