OKC extends Perkins to reported 4yr/34.8Mil contract
Old 03-01-2011, 11:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed center Kendrick Perkins to a multi-year contract extension, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, the terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but Yahoo! Sports reports that it will pay Perkins $34.8 million over four years.

“We had a unique opportunity to enter into discussions with Kendrick to solidify his future with our organization,” said Presti. “We are pleased to know that he will be a part of our core group now and in the future. Kendrick’s blue-collar, team-first approach aligns with the vision we hold for building a sustainable team in the Oklahoma City community.”

Perkins (6-10, 280) owns career averages of 6.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 1.0 assist and 22.3 minutes in 454 NBA games. He has appeared in 12 games (7 starts) this season with the Celtics before being traded to the Thunder on February 24th, averaging 7.3 points and 8.1 rebounds in 26.1 minutes. The center has appeared in 68 career postseason games, averaging 6.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 25.7 minutes.

Perkins Signs Extension With Thunder - RealGM Wiretap
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huge fucking bargain when you consider brendan haywood went for 6/55.

My only issue with Oklahoma is the lack of shooting touch. The way the starting lineup is constructed now, Westbrook and Durant are going to have to deal with a little less space to operate on the floor. That team is a knock-down three point shooter away from being multiple championships good.
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huge fucking bargain when you consider brendan haywood went for 6/55.

My only issue with Oklahoma is the lack of shooting touch. The way the starting lineup is constructed now, Westbrook and Durant are going to have to deal with a little less space to operate on the floor. That team is a knock-down three point shooter away from being multiple championships good.
harden seems to be developing nicely.....
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DAMNIT!

Perkins is the one free-agent that would have been an amazing signing for us, and almost the perfect fit. The knee thing scares me a bit, but he would add toughness, rebounding, and a defensive anchor all in one move.

Good move by OKC though, their future is looking bright with this signing.
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Not a bad centre, but nothing to get overly excited about. He does add some vet championship experience to the team. If his legs can stand up to it. Which i doubt.
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Not a bad centre, but nothing to get overly excited about. He does add some vet championship experience to the team. If his legs can stand up to it. Which i doubt.
He gives them an excellent post defender and is still young enough to last awhile. Plus, I think this was the first time he's had issues with his knees.

And I agree with thought, they're a long range threat away.
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James Harden is a long range threat. But if he starts then they need to get a 6th man.
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harden seems to be developing nicely.....
harden has a lot of untapped potential, and he'll show flashes, but he's not there yet. thunder fans aren't sure what to think of him. either way he's not someone they can rely on at this point. with the thunder a shooter away from winning now, they can't really afford to wait much longer for the lightbulb to come on with harden. especially with westbrook's max extension right around the corner.
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James Harden is a long range threat. But if he starts then they need to get a 6th man.
Harden is best as that Manu role off the bench.

As nice as the Perkins move is losing Green as their 3rd/4th option is going to hurt as teams really will just key in on Durant or Westbrook and make one of them beat them.
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Off topic question: Would the Thunder be in a better position than they are now if they had drafted Tyreke instead of Harden?

But yeah, solid core they've got going on down in OKC. Now all they have to do is extend Westbrook and they're good for a atleast the next 4-6 years.
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Off topic question: Would the Thunder be in a better position than they are now if they had drafted Tyreke instead of Harden?

But yeah, solid core they've got going on down in OKC. Now all they have to do is extend Westbrook and they're good for a atleast the next 4-6 years.
Tyreke wouldn't have worked in OKC. Dude can't shoot, pass, play defense, and doesn't play off the ball well. Needless to say he wouldn't be the first guy to have the ball in his hands with either Durant or Westbrook on the floor, let alone both.

Steph Curry would have looked fuckin wicked in an OKC jersey. oh well.
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Off topic question: Would the Thunder be in a better position than they are now if they had drafted Tyreke instead of Harden?

But yeah, solid core they've got going on down in OKC. Now all they have to do is extend Westbrook and they're good for a atleast the next 4-6 years.
You already have two guys who are going to have the ball in there hands 95% of the time so Tyreke wouldn't fit. Harden is the perfect fit especially now that Greens gone so he'll get a lot more touches.
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Tyreke wouldn't have worked in OKC. Dude can't shoot, pass, play defense, and doesn't play off the ball well. Needless to say he wouldn't be the first guy to have the ball in his hands with either Durant or Westbrook on the floor, let alone both.

Steph Curry would have looked fuckin wicked in an OKC jersey. oh well.
Yeah, Curry would've put them over the top.

Curry
Westbrook
Durant
Ibaka
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My guess is they'd play Curry at the 2 on offense, and have Westbrook guard 2s on the other end.
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As long as Perkins gets healthy, this is a very solid move for OKC. They are built to go to war in the playoffs now.

This trade still doesnt make sense to me from Boston's perspective. They only have one or two good years left from at least two of their future hall-of-famers; why trade for Green now? If Boston doesn't make the finals this year, or gets knocked out early, their fans will be rightfully pissed about this trade - especially if Perkins is healthy on OKC.

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Looks like OKC knew Perkins would extend with them when they traded for him.

As for Harden vs Evans, Evans is no doubt the better player. They drafted on position, and opted for better defence at the 2/3.
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Looks like OKC knew Perkins would extend with them when they traded for him.

As for Harden vs Evans, Evans is no doubt the better player. They drafted on position, and opted for better defence at the 2/3.
perk turned down an extension with boston earlier because he didn't get as much money as he wanted. so it was clear that he cared about the money more than winning.
lucky for him he was traded to a pretty darn good team and also got the kind of money he wanted
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perk turned down an extension with boston earlier because he didn't get as much money as he wanted. so it was clear that he cared about the money more than winning.
lucky for him he was traded to a pretty darn good team and also got the kind of money he wanted
It was a good move for Perkins.

Not only did he get a long-term contract with a contending team, it's a young team that will continue to improve.
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Looks like OKC knew Perkins would extend with them when they traded for him.

As for Harden vs Evans, Evans is no doubt the better player. They drafted on position, and opted for better defence at the 2/3.
hindsight is 20/20 but i'm sure OKC would have taken curry if they knew he'd turn into this kind of player, defense notwithstanding. harden is a solid player but for all the hype and where he was drafted, he's nearing bust territory. i called it when he laid a cleveland steamer in the NCAA tournament.
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