Oklahoma City decided to give away Perry Jones via the old salary dump after re-signing Enes Kanter. The Celtics, crafty rebuilders that they are, accepted the Thunder's gift of Jones, a second rounder, and some cash. That's a beautiful thing. It's a no risk, high reward move for Ainge and the C's, always in the market for a young player with a high ceiling. Sure, there's no guarantee that Perry Jones even makes the roster, but a 6'11" freak that former teammate Kevin Durant once had hyperbolic praise for is probably worth a look.
Kevin Durant just said he thinks Perry Jones III is the best athlete in the league.
"I love the people here, to be honest with you. Everybody I've met has been great. I feel like I'm being drafted all over again, to be honest. It's just a great feeling to be here."
King adds Danny Ainge's take on Perry's arrival:
With OKC there hasn't been as much of an opportunity for him to play as much as he would like as a youngster on a team trying to compete for a championship, but very athletic, a different type of player than we have on the frontcourt right now with his athleticism and length.
Jones definitely adds a type of physicality that the Celtics lack, and it will be interesting to see what Stevens can tap into during training camp and preseason. The physical gifts Jones brings to the table are something this team just doesn't have on their roster, and it's hard to believe he could be sent packing this fall if he's able to demonstrate he can execute in the Celtics' system.
Plus, Brad Stevens unlocking Perry Jones is obviously the key to the Celtics pursuit of Kevin Durant. So there's that.