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Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 at 10:05 am  |  34 responses

Kendrick Perkins Signs Extension With OKC Thunder

Well, well, well. It looks like Perk is going to be in OKC for the long haul. The Oklahoman reports: “The Oklahoma City Thunder has agreed to terms on a contract extension for Kendrick Perkins, the 6-foot-10 center acquired via trade with Boston last Thursday, The Oklahoman has learned. Terms of the deal were not immediately known, but Perkins is eligible for a four-year extension. Perkins earlier this season had turned down a four-year offer worth approximately $22 million from the Celtics. With the two sides agreeing to a deal now, the risk of Perkins leaving the Thunder as an unrestricted free agent this summer has been removed.”

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  • http://360special.blogspot.com dev0

    good deal for the Thunder then. Would have been a waste to deal Green then lose Perk anyways

  • rich

    this makes me belive his knees are really bad nd hes trying to cash in

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    There goes the Celtics’ chances of re-signing him in the off-season (as if there were chances in the first place). Sigh.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    nice of them to re-sign him before he even sets foot on the court.

  • Benn0

    The only problem for okc is he is injury prone – you watch, he will be out for a few weeks then return for 5 weeks, then get injured again – personally, i feel celtics got the better deal – as they are looking to the future.

  • Riggs

    @moose: actually there was a chance for the celtics to resign him in the offseason. Under this new CBA i think the max that the celtics couldve re-signed had he stayed was 30 million, which is well below what other teams couldve offered him. So they could have traded him and then offered him more as a free agent to get him back, but obviously perk was looking to get his so more power to him. I hope the celtics (players not the front office) can recover from a loss of a great player though cause if they dont make the finals this will be a scapegoat.

  • elmaar

    I think it’s too early to say whether he’s injury prone or not…he’s had only one major setback up to this moment! he might be a little too heavy which can be fixed to some extent, but the thing is he does not play above the rim so his knees should hold up! as much as I like perk, I would like to see a bigger serge ibaka type at center for okc like tyson chandler or deandre jordan…still everything depends on the price they extended him, if it’s 4years up to 30mil I think it’s reasonable

  • glovechops

    its 4 years $22M

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    BennO: why the hell would they look to the future when they had a better chance of winning it all BEFORE they traded Perk??

  • Riggs

    @glovechops: that was the celtics extension offer, not the thunders

  • elmaar

    well as much as I know the terms of the deal were not disclosed…anyway if it’s 22mil then obviously it’s a reasonable signing! For the better of perk’s knees, presti must make sure Pork hits that treadmill constantly

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    I think Perkins is perfect for that system.

  • Bojangles

    It’s 4 years 34.8 mill. I hope it works out for them. They paid him without him having played a single minute, or practiced with the thunder.

  • Joey

    I’m sure Durant’s loyalty to OKC is influencing Perk and he just wants to build a dynasty with westbrook and KD. There is no way Perk would resign with the celtics after getting shocked like that. Dude for sure feels like he costed boston the chip last year with his injury. All those feelings of loyalty is gone with Ainge’s betrayal.

  • http://Slamonline.com LakeShow

    I hope lil Nate gets some play time i think he could be a great 10ppg reserve for these guys. he is better than people give him credit for.

  • MikeC.

    @LakeShow – I agree. Getting away from the toxic mess that was the Knicks organization was great for Nate. Being around the Celtics vets and seeing what it takes to be great and win seems to have turned him around. He was a total a-hole when he was in NY, chucking up bad shots, talking trash while losing the game. He seems like he’s settled into being the change of pace guy off the bench.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    WoW have the consistent bad signing of Centers by Dallas not taught anyone anything? About 10 million a year, BEFORE incentives for a guy that will give you a double double SOMETIMES, is RIDICULOUS. Especially considering his injury history, this was a horrible signing.

  • Riggs

    not to say your point is wrong because its right for many teams but perkins > any center dallas has had, and i bet if dallas had the chance to get him they would pay him even more than what he got now.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Erick Dampier had a season where he averaged 12 and 12, and if you know anything about Dallas that team was immensely better with him on the court. Kendrick Perkins best season so far is 10 and 7. You still think he deserves 10 million dollars a year?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Actually when you look at it, Dampier > Perkins by every measurable stat. Per minute production, win shares, offensive and defensive, rebounding rate, win shares, he even has a lower turnover % for his career. What’an overrated player the Celtics turned Perkins into

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    that second win shares was supposed to say points per minute spaced out my fault. Perkins is now making approximately 2 million a year less then Andrew Bogut, and Bogut measures out as the second best defensive Center in the league, and leads in blocks and charges taken.

  • RunNGun

    damn… the knicks lose again. he would have been great next to A’mare. then again, he plays defense so he doesn’t fit in. still… to the knicks! make it happen, walsh!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    NBK
    Is Perkins better than Varejo?
    I would say yes.
    Andy got $8, I can imagine Perk used that as his jumping off point, as I said he would yesterday.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    You set market value based on what other similar players are being paid, and how desirable you are as an asset. Just like selling a house.
    Did you express this same outrage when David Lee got paid, because right now he’s earning roughly $2 to $3 million less than LeBron James…

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    I’m thinking that Perk is gonna play with an even bigger chip on his shoulder now that he’s been traded.

  • http://www.twofistedpress.com Pve84

    Paying him before Perkins has even had a practice with the Thunder is a crazy bold move…maybe too bold, but Presti has been right on everything else.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Well IDK if Perkins is better then Verajao, in terms of oncourt effectiveness Verajao is clearly better, unless your paying Perkins 10 million dollars a year to guard Bynum and Howard?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I disagree. On court effectiveness. He’s a better one-on-one defender. He’s a better weakside defender either as a shot blocker or charge taker. He’s about equal on offense. Varejo is a better rebounder.
    I would rather have Perkins than Varejo because he solidifies your team defense completely while Varejo is a hustle player, irritant.
    I think the bigger issue is that neither Perk nor Ibaka or scorers and the Thunder need a low post scorer badly.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Did you just say Kendrick Perkins is better then Anderson Verajao at taking charges and helping on the weakside? You realize Verajao had the best defensive impact on his team of any PF not named Garnett in the league last year? and was 2nd overall in +/-? Perkins career is very very comparable to Erick Dampier, he just played for a defensive powerhouse that showcased his strengths, other then that you could make a solid case that at 26 Dampier was a better player. 7 points 5 rebounds 2 blocks in 23 minutes, Dampier’s per 36 minute numbers were about 12points 10 rebounds and 2 blocks until he passed that 30 years of age mark compared to 10, 10, 2 for Perkins. I mean seriously every big bodied center would have looked like a good value player in Boston’s system, drastically overpaying him and hampering your ability to resign James Harden should IMO be seen as a huge mistake, unless ofcourse you think you can keep Thabo for an extended period of time under the new CBA. And Green is obviously a better basketball player, which is what I would prefer to have over a big body.

  • ClydeSays

    This smells of some backroom deal.

    Ainge deals Perk, knowing he can’t resign him & Perk almost IMMEDIATELY signed an extension far below market value with the Thunder. (Haywood 52 mil, Noah 60 mil last offseason).

    If you’re Perk’s agent wouldn’t you have him at least listen to offers in the off season before signing? If you’re the Thunder, don’t you want to see if Perk can get back to full health?

    In any case this keeps Perk off the open market. Good for the Thunder and Boston’s conference rivals.

    AllenP, that fact that Perk isn’t a scorer is probably another reason why Ainge dealt him, rather than try to lock him up in the offseason. The C’s would have Rondo, Pierce & Perk as their core after 2012. 2 non shooters and an aging vet.

  • Heals

    CONGRATS Perk, you’ll be missed fondly by C’s fans forever. Thankfully it wasn’t Mia or NY; Ainge is playing chess everybody step your game up…

  • Ded

    This NBK guy knows nothing about basketball if u think anderson or Eric damper are better then a 26yr old proven defensive stopper u are an idiot. Then u say injury prone. He has had one major injury and if it wasn’t for that injury they would be defending champs. It’s called value and if anything how can u compare number when he played on a team where he got no touches. Lastly maybe he signed early because who knows what the new cba will be this summer. Learn the game idiot

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Just learn to read, not to be mean or anything but your reading comprehension is sorely lacking. I compared Perkins CAREER to Dampiers CAREER. Just to show a player that got OVERPAID, and put up better numbers then Perkins in the exact same role. Also I understand completely why Perkins signed Genius, it’s why OKC signed him for THAT much this early that I was questioning. If i was Perkins I would have sign that thing in a heartbeat. And the verajao thing is an opinion, me personally I’d rather have a “defensive stopper” (which he really isn’t but close) high energy highly active team defending 4 in the modern NBA, then a defensive stopper at the 5 with limited mobility and no range. The only reason Verajao might not be worth as much is in OKC’s case where the only position they must fill is at the 5. But as this has been about since my first comment, they should’ve tried atleast to sign him for less. Simply because “genius” the CBA coming up, will definitely result in a lower cap, to resign guys like Westbrook and Harden, if you even can considering the proposed hard cap. Go to back wherever you came from, ur insultingly stupid comment wasn’t needed

  • brian

    AllenP, i’m pretty sure everyone is quite aware that OKC signed Perk for defensive purposes, and some rebounding. ibaka is more than capable of defending the paint and rebounding, but one guy isn’t gonna get it all done, plus, he does his damage with help defense, not so much one-on-one. we haven’t had a scorer inside to average over 10 ppg, but thankfully we have a few players that score with ease and james harden breaking out of his shell finally since green’s absence, our defense on the other hand, has been slipping since adams left and hopefully perk solidifies that as planned.

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