"Kendrick Perkins will not play tonight against the Houston Rockets. The team says he sprained his right knee in yesterday's practice." LET THE RUMORS BEGIN! Or not. Generally, teams don't make up phantom injuries for their players if they're about to be dealt. They're upfront about it, because the deal is about to happen anyway. If Perkins is being held out for a potential trade, then the deal is imminent. Otherwise, it's probably just another injury to add to the long list of injuries that this man has endured.