Following the trade that sent Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the players were "livid." Perkins was emotional and crying. The locker room was silent. Kevin Garnett equated it to losing a family member. But it wasn't just the players who had trouble dealing with the shakeup.
General Manager Danny Ainge -- ya know, the guy who made Thursday's trade -- went on WEEI Thursday evening to discuss the moves he made, saying that he and Doc Rivers "agonized" over the Perkins deal.
"I'm as close to Perk as any of them," Ainge said. "I have a great relationship with him. I brought him in as an 18-year-old. It was very difficult. We shed some tears today, talking to Perk. It was tough. He's a good kid. I think he's going to a great situation for himself and for his future. I think Oklahoma City is a top-notch franchise and they obviously have some great young players. He has a bright future there, so that does make it a little bit easier."