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Thunder not considering amnesty clause for Kendrick Perkins?

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05:07 PM ET 05.18 | As much heat as he takes, it doesn't appear center Kendrick Perkins will be leaving Oklahoma City soon. Thunder GM Sam Presti said Saturday the team hasn't even considered using the amnesty clause on the embattled big man, despite the apparent deterioration in his performance the past few years. Once considered a talented defender, the kind of physical presence OKC would need to win postseason games, Perkins has devolved into an utterly ineffective two-way player with questionable value this year. Considering he's owed $18.63 million over the next two seasons, many have wondered why the Thunder don't simply cut bait on Perkins and waive him using the amnesty clause. Though the team would still be saddled with paying most of his salary, the possible luxury tax savings alone justify the move to many analysts. Still, Presti continues to defend Perkins and his contract. "We think Perk has a lot of value to our team," the GM said.

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May 18, 2013  06:24 PM ET

For what Perkins brings to the game, or lack there of. Perkins would be a better back up. How quickly was Perkins pull from the games as Randolph and Gasol went to work?

May 18, 2013  06:55 PM ET

It would be totally stupid to at least not consider cutting him.

May 18, 2013  07:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

It would be totally stupid to at least not consider cutting him.

Damn sure would...

May 18, 2013  09:22 PM ET

One of the biggest busts of all time.

May 18, 2013  09:39 PM ET

And some thought that Boston had the bad end of the deal....

May 18, 2013  10:39 PM ET

without a low post scorer however, the thunder won't win a title.

May 18, 2013  11:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

And some thought that Boston had the bad end of the deal....

I still think, at that time, it was a very bad deal because Boston were on a roll and more than likely could have won another ring. He just was a much better fit to the Celtics ball, than is for OKC.

May 18, 2013  11:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

without a low post scorer however, the thunder won't win a title.

I don't know for sure, but without RW the Thunder lost the needed spark on the offensive side.

May 19, 2013  02:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I still think, at that time, it was a very bad deal because Boston were on a roll and more than likely could have won another ring. He just was a much better fit to the Celtics ball, than is for OKC.

This.

Green turned out the better long-term asset, but the Pierce-Allen-Garnett championship window the Celtics had at the time of the trade was a win-now scenario, and losing Perkins effectively contributed to that window closing sooner than expected.

Now Green and Rondo will be leading a strictly mid-tier team, and it may be quite some time before the Celtics become legit contenders again.

May 19, 2013  06:57 AM ET

Guy needs to get in shape and lose weight. Too big, too slow and can't jump much. I say lose 30 pounds dude.

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May 19, 2013  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I don't know for sure, but without RW the Thunder lost the needed spark on the offensive side.

Yea we know RW & KD are the force that leads OKC.
However you still need another guy.
Ask Byrd, although he had Parish they also had McHale.
Ask Magic, although he had Kareem he also had Worthy....
Ask Jordan, sure they drafted Pippen then they had Grant/Rodman at different campaigns for the 3 peat.
You get my point.
Having an all star duo is all well & good but teams today still need that third option.

May 19, 2013  09:40 AM ET

Chris Kaman or Dalembert would be huge for OKC.
Kaman of course the better option...he is the better scorer of the two, while still rebounding & blocking shots.
But he has to want to be on a team that can win now....

May 19, 2013  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

And some thought that Boston had the bad end of the deal....

True but the Thunder did manage to go to their first finals with Perkins.

I also think people questioned the Celtics because Doc had said that his starting five (which included Perkins) had not been beaten!

May 19, 2013  11:33 AM ET

And this is why they aren't winning anything. No inside game

May 19, 2013  11:36 AM ET

He can come back to Boston anytime he wants !

May 19, 2013  06:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Damn sure would...

OKC should cut everybody good and then miss the playoffs. You know, the Mavs strategy. It's called pulling a Cuban.

May 19, 2013  06:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

He can come back to Boston anytime he wants !

Yeah because Boston fan acted like Perkins was the second coming of Bill Russell.

But Celtic fans would welcome him back with open arms. Perkins is a part of Celtic lore.

 
May 24, 2013  12:09 PM ET

Please let him go! HE IS NOT THAT GUY who is going to take this team to a Championship. There are so many other big men in the league that offer so much more. $18M for a fake tough guy. You could get a bus load of REAL tough guys in Brooklyn for that kind of money!

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