Taj Gibson, Kenneth Faried, Nikola Pekovic and Tiago Splitter – all guys making less money than Kendrick Perkins. Heck, even Kenyon Martin and Chris Anderson produced more consistently last season than Perkins did and they were mid-season pickups for their respective squads.
Of course, there could possibly be an argument made for some of those guys against Perkins. But, the way I see it, Perkins works a lot less harder than any of them. He does his job with a lackluster type effort and cannot perform up to par anymore.
The Oklahoma City Thunder absolutely must use the amnesty clause on Perkins this offseason. They would free up over $8 million per year left on his deal, giving them flexibility to add another big piece next to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
With Kevin Martin becoming a free agent as well, the Thunder would have tons of options and lots of cash to work with.
For the life of me, I cannot figure out how the Thunder think he’s worth keeping on board for that contract. Putting themselves in a much better position by getting rid of the guy would make a lot more sense. But hey, I’m not a GM.
If Oklahoma City thinks they’re going to compete for a championship with their current roster, they are mistaken. While the Thunder a re phenomenal in the regular season, the playoffs is where things get physical and one of the biggest needs for them right now is a guy that can execute well in the post.
Perkins can be physical, but he isn’t consistent. That’s the issue. Oklahoma City has to do themselves a favor and rid themselves of not only a bad contract, but a bad player. End of story.