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Kendrick Perkins aims to return Friday against the Washington Wizards

However, his value as a mentor will likely continue to outweigh any on court production.

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One month ago, Kendrick Perkins was diagnosed with a strained pectoral injury. It was believed he would be out for around three months. According to Kyle Draper of Comcast SportsNet, Perkins is looking to return this Friday when he New Orleans Pelicans play the Washington Wizards.

With Omer Asik and Alexis Ajinca healthy and the Pelicans giving Anthony Davis plenty of run at center to keep Ryan Anderson on the floor, Perkins future role should be rather small. Against certain matchups, he will not likely even hear his name called from off the bench. However, that's fine because his biggest attribute will remain in his mentorship ability.

"He’s the best teammate I’ve ever seen, without a doubt. I really do believe that," Gentry told reporters on Saturday. "As long as I’m the coach and as long as he wants to be here, I would try and find a way to keep him."
"He’s a great mentor for AD," Gentry said of Perkins. "He’s a great mentor for our team. We got a pretty quiet team. So to have an outspoken voice …"

One of the things the Pelicans have lacked through the first 20 games of the season has been a toughness factor. The team has either raced out to leads, only to lose them too easily, or simply gone through prolonged funks without the requisite effort levels. For instance, New Orleans has the 4th worst scoring margin in fourth quarters (-1.8). Closing out games calls for mental fortitude, a trait often not seen from this group.

Although fantasy managers will have no use for Perkins, Pelican teammates most certainly will.

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