Thursday 21st September 2023,
The Hoop Doctors

Thunder Aren’t Planning on Using Amnesty Provision on Perkins

The Oklahoma City Thunder’s season came to an end earlier than anticipated at the hand of the Memphis Grizzlies in 5 games. Now, the front office is met with some tough decisions this offseason. One, in particular, is what to do with Kendrick Perkins. Ever since joining OKC a few years ago, Perk hasn’t quite lived up to expectations. He hasn’t proven to be what we thought he was in Boston. Perk has two years left on his current contract at nearly $19M total, and OKC could really use the room.

There have been rumors swirling that the team would use their amnesty clause and cut Perkins, but GM Sam Presti thinks otherwise.

“We just haven’t considered using the provision,” Presti said. “I wouldn’t necessarily directly attribute that to any player on our team. Every team looks at the amnesty provision different based on their different circumstances. But it’s not something that we’ve really explored.”

When pressed, Presti went on to praise Perkins.

“We think Perk has a lot of value to our team,” Presti said. “He’s a member of a team that won 60 games and helped us to our third division title in three years. I don’t know that we can discount that. I’m sure he’d like to have had a better postseason. But I’m sure that’s pretty universal for the whole group. And we accept that.”


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