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Kendrick Perkins: Danny Ainge consulted me on Jaylen Brown trade

Speaking last Friday on Celtics pregame live, the former NBA player recalled the conversation when trade talks were buzzing around the league which centers around the superstar. “I remember last year around this time when teams were calling about James Harden and Houston actually wanted Jaylen Brown,” Perkins said on the segment. “I was on the phone with Danny Ainge for an hour, and I remember how our conversation went. He was like, ‘Hey, Perk, would you trade Jaylen Brown for James Harden?’ And I was like, ‘Danny, you know how I feel about Jaylen Brown, but I would trade him for James Harden.’ He was like, ‘ Are you kidding me? He’s not going anywhere. He’s not even 25 and he keeps getting better.’
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Is there a specific moment or story that will stick out to you the most during Paul’s enshrinement this weekend? Danny Ainge: We had a moment where after the Ray and KG deal was done, that Paul and I had maybe our most special moment, maybe even more than the championship we had a year later. He just appreciated what we had just done. He was so excited, I’ve never seen him more excited than that when we got Ray and KG. He was just like a rookie being drafted in the NBA and that was after a pretty tough year with the team, etc. He just wasn’t sure we could pull it off and he showed his appreciation that day and we embraced and said, ‘Let’s get it done.’ That was probably the memory I have of Paul more than anything else. He took the time to appreciate it because he knew it wasn’t easy.