Kendrick Perkins has been the scapegoat for a lot of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s recent shortcomings. The criticism reached new highs when Perkins rounded off this year’s NBA Playoffs with a NEGATIVE PER among players who played significant minutes, naturally the worst such mark in the history of the NBA.
Many are calling for Perk’s head, encouraging Sam Presti to use the team’s amnesty clause on the perpetually useless big man. Well, it doesn’t seem that Presti agrees. Instead, Thunder’s GM thinks that Perkins has a lot of value to the team.
Sam Presti on the amnesty clause: "We just haven't considered using the provision…We think Perk has a lot of value to our team."
— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) May 18, 2013
Clearly, Presti doesn’t want to hurt Kendrick’s feelings. Perkins has the ability to position himself in the paint while acting as a human wall, and is a somewhat underrated passer, he does practically nothing offensively and is a huge liability in so many ways.
Oklahoma City is a small market team, and using the amnesty provision on Perkins was probably not a likely option at this point. While it would allow the Thunder to add other players to the roster, the team would still have to pay his salary, which is a sizeable amount of money.
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