Oct 30, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) looks to pass during the first half against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

The OKC Thunder won't be able to trade away just Kendrick Perkins

The one player for the Thunder that’s always getting his name thrown in to trade talks is Kendrick Perkins.

Perk tweeted yesterday, then quickly deleted the tweet, that “maybe it’s time for a change.” Perk later explained the tweet had something to do with family and not the NBA, but it got people talking again about the Thunder and Perk parting ways somehow.

The issue with the idea of trading Perkins is who would even want him. With his contract, that has another year left on it, no team would gladly add that to their payroll. Unless maybe there’s a team or two out there who are trying to tank this season. As likely as that sounds given the upcoming draft class, I just don’t see a team taking on Perk very easily.

Any trading of Perkins would certainly have to include another asset that the Thunder have like Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones or Steven Adams. At this point in time, are the Thunder really even wanting to consider trading away one of those guys before they are given the chance to prove what they can be in this league?

A lot of people are slotting the Thunder one move away from being a real title contender. They need a third scorer, or fourth depending on where you feel Serge Ibaka fits in. They have assets and the clock is ticking on winning a championship before KD and Russ have the chance to decide to leave OKC.

Including Perkins in any move that will vault the Thunder up a level on the title contender list is hard to imagine. Could OKC send Perk and Jackson to Phoenix for Dragic? How much better would that even make the Thunder, if at all?

The overall point being, if you want to talk about the Thunder trading Perk, don’t just say that. Just know that one of those other four young guys would have to be involved, and I’m not ready to part ways with them yet.

Perk can be a good mentor for Adams, who has looked good, but still needs some work before starting in this league. He doesn’t appear to be getting overplayed by Scott Brooks, who looks like he will always go small with Ibaka or Collison to close out games.

As long as Perk doesn’t hurt the Thunder too much, and I don’t think he really will, then there’s probably not a lot of good options to explore trading him.

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