Feb. 10, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The OKC Thunder don't amnesty Kendrick Perkins

Kendrick Perkins is one of the most popular players in the NBA when it comes to talking about the amnesty clause.

Many believe the Oklahoma City Thunder should amnesty Perkins, viewing him as one of the biggest things holding the team back.


Amnestying Perkins isn’t happening this season and for good reason.

When you amnesty someone, you still have to pay them. The Thunder aren’t exactly interested in playing someone not to play for them.

Amnestying Perkins would have freed up about $9 million of cap room in each of the next two seasons but when you consider that the Thunder would still have to pay Perkins, then it would be equivalent to them going into the luxury tax a little bit.

What the Thunder tried to do instead of amnestying Perkins, is trade him this summer. There were multiple reports that the Thunder were shopping Perkins and picks to move into the top five of the 2013 draft.

Trading Perkins would have made the most sense but it proved impossible up until now as no team expressed much interest in the big man.

The Thunder will likely be stuck with Perkins for at least one more season and possibly another, the last year of his contract in OKC.

Perkins will continue to start and play an important role with the team. Whether he’s hurting the Thunder with his presence on the court more than helping will be up for interpretation, and vary depending on the matchup.

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