Sam Perkins Rumors

Kevin McHale watched last summer as his friend, Danny Ainge, brought the curtain down on the Celtics’ latest championship era, trading Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets. The Rockets coach couldn’t help but think back more than 20 years to a time when he was nearly the Celtics Hall of Famer-to-be sent packing. Involved sources confirmed again yesterday that the deal was never at the take-it-or-leave-it stage, but there was interest on both sides in a late 1989 move that would have shipped McHale to Dallas for a package that included Detlef Schrempf and Sam Perkins. The teams were at the point where they realized they would need to expand the transaction to satisfy NBA salary cap rules, but that issue was rendered moot when Red Auerbach voiced his opinion and the Celts backed off.
With rumors circling that Lakers center Dwight Howard will be moving to the Rockets this offseason, Singson said that regardless of roster changes, both the Pacers and Rockets will bring all the players for the fans to watch live. “If Dwight or any other player will be traded to Indiana or Houston, both teams will come in full force for the preseason. We heard Indiana will bring along a huge contingent, including some fans,” he said.
Former NBA player Sam Perkins is in the country to promote the NBA preseason game between the Indiana Pacers and the Houston Rockets, which is slated on Oct. 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena. And like every basketball-crazy Filipino fan, Perkins could hardly wait for the game and is happy for the opportunity to drum up interest for it. “I’m thrilled to be part of the process in staging the preseason here,” said Perkins, also fondly known as “Big Smooth”, during Tuesday’s press conference at the Mall of Asia.
Former Indiana Pacer Sam Perkins will be in Manila from July 1-July 4 to promote the upcoming NBA Global Games Philippines 2013 featuring the Pacers and the Houston Rockets. The game, which will be played at the Mall of Asia Arena on October 10, is part of the NBA’s comprehensive Global Games schedule and will be the league’s first preseason game in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia. Perkins will headline the “100 Day Countdown” event, conduct mall visits and participate in special programs conducted by the NBA and SM Group.