May 15, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Reggie Jackson (15) and center Kendrick Perkins (5) watch the game against the Memphis Grizzlies from the bench during the second half of game five of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Grizzlies defeated the Thunder 88-84. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

OKC Thunder: Sam Presti speaks on Kendrick Perkins and the amnesty clause

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Many people think that amnestying Kendrick Perkins is a good idea for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Perkins had the worst playoff performance in the history of the NBA this year and it increasingly seems like there is just no room for Perkins on this team anymore.

Thunder GM Sam Presti commented about Perkins and the idea of amnestying him today.


I wrote about yesterday how amnestying Perkins does seem like something that is very unlikely now. The Thunder wouldn’t benefit enough by doing so and wouldn’t save enough money to make a significant move elsewhere.

The hope if any now is that the Thunder trade Perkins or simply stop playing him as much, which seems very unlikely.

The worry here is that Presti says Perkins has a lot of value to the Thunder. Whatever value that may be, it certainly doesn’t show up on the court. Maybe he’s a great leader or whatever in the locker room but the Thunder are clearly much worse when he is playing basketball for them.

Something needs to be done about Perkins this offseason whether it’s trading him or amnestying him. It’s just hard to imagine him being on the roster and Scott Brooks not starting and playing him 25-plus minutes per game.

Hopefully Presti was just being nice with this comment and he is looking to get rid of him somehow.

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