This could be the beginning of what fans everywhere have been praying for the Oklahoma City Thunder to implement. After taking Steven Adams out of Pittsburgh last night with their first round pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, they have definitely addressed their need in the post presence.
After all, Kendrick Perkins is on the decline — and that may be the understatement of the year.
The Thunder have been rumored to be mulling over the amnesty clause in regards to Perkins, but no official reports have surfaced. This is merely occasional talk between fans and analysts.
It would absolutely be a good move for the Thunder. They could clear about $8 million off the books next season by getting rid of Perkins. On top of that money saved, Kevin Martin will either have to take a serious pay cut or be let go into the market. With that move, the Thunder would save roughly another $13 million if Martin does not return.
You do the math. It’s virtually a slam dunk scenario for the Thunder. They get a young, 19 year old 7’0” prospect to replace Perkins in the post and at the same time have room to bring in another decent player alongside Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
Perkins has been frustrating fans since day one and hasn’t looked to improve a bit since joining the team. With the athleticism and youth that is on the roster, even down low with Serge Ibaka, Perkins just doesn’t fit. Adams gives the Thunder a youthful, big bodied center that can affect the post play right away.
As for what this could mean in regards to the free agent market and the Thunder’s ability to bring in another piece, we’ll have to wait and see.