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Perkins says Harden signing is close

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08:10 AM ET 09.13 | Perhaps the Thunder can keep the band together, after all. With the deadline fast approaching for the Thunder to come to terms on a contract extension for James Harden, a potential sliver of hope was heard Wednesday afternoon. Thunder center Kendrick Perkins, speaking following an appearance at a Thunder Fit event at a local middle school, said the two sides are "getting close" on a deal that would keep the reigning Sixth Man of the Year in Oklahoma City. "We're doing good. We're making positive steps going forward," Perkins said of the organization's off-season. "We got coach (Scott) Brooks locked in. We got Serge (Ibaka) locked in. And we???re getting close with James, and we're getting close to keeping our unit together. And we're still hungry."

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September 13, 2012  08:35 AM ET

Perkins has his ring, he shouldnt be that hungry.

September 13, 2012  08:39 AM ET

Perkins sucks! Remember the Blake Griffin dunk!

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September 13, 2012  08:49 AM ET
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Perkins has his ring, he shouldnt be that hungry.

he wants more than 1 ring

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September 13, 2012  08:55 AM ET
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ah, Perk better be careful for what he wishes for, I've read reports he may get Amnestied if this signing goes through.... But hey we were successful w/ him, it'd be cool for him to be back.... If we were to sign him again.

They'd be stupid to amnesty him. They need his body for the likes of Howard and other big centers around the league.

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September 13, 2012  09:09 AM ET

Is Perkins auditioning for his career after he cant lace them up anymore....

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September 13, 2012  09:28 AM ET

Looks like OKC made the big decision and decided to spend the bucks (at least for now). Good for OKC.

September 13, 2012  09:33 AM ET

Perkins is too dumb to realize that them signing Harden to a long term extension is going to get him Amnestied come next offseason...

September 13, 2012  09:34 AM ET
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They'd be stupid to amnesty him. They need his body for the likes of Howard and other big centers around the league.

That's why you amnesty him next offseason and find a suitable Center at half the price... They're probably hoping for Aldrich to finally develop enough so that he can step in and take up fouls on Howard...

September 13, 2012  09:35 AM ET
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well, every team has a cap and you can't sign everyone for max deals or very high salaries.... usually teams have maybe 2 max deals, possibly 3 then the rest are fillers w/ one, 2 or 3 yr deals... OKC has a lot tied up.... If they sign Harden, soneone is going(traded) or being Amnestied. It becomes a numbers game, not always going to be a good basketball move but a financial move....

Makes sense on the books, but not on the court. I don't expect Perks to go... it'll have to be someone else.

September 13, 2012  09:42 AM ET

eddy curry's hungry too

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September 13, 2012  09:51 AM ET
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Perkins has his ring, he shouldnt be that hungry.

A ring should only make you HUNGRIER for another

 
September 13, 2012  10:02 AM ET
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eddy curry's hungry too

I just spewed my coffee on that one!

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