NEWPORT, R.I. — Kendrick Perkins’s right knee injury not only derailed the Celtics’ chances of winning an 18th NBA title, but it could hinder his ability to receive a lucrative contract extension next summer.
Perkins is expected to miss at least the season’s first three months because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament, but he said Wednesday that his rehabilitation is going better than expected. And he said he will push aside any concern about his expiring contract until the end of the regular season.
“Really, you just put that focus into that therapy,” he said. “The rest is going to take care of itself. Shoot, I came up on a bad year … as far as the lockout coming up. So it ain’t hard. I’m pretty good with saving my money. I come from nothing, so it ain’t like it’s a big problem.”
Perkins, who will make $4.6 million this season, is one of the league’s more rugged and defensive-minded centers and won’t turn 26 until November.
“I’m just happy to be this far,” he said. “And I thought this knee (rehabilitation) was going to be more difficult than it really was but it’s all right.”
He said he won’t push his representatives to talk extension, but he plans on remaining a Celtic.
“I want to stay here (in Boston),” he said. “I told Danny (Ainge) I ain’t going nowhere and I meant it.”