Kendrick Perkins might be the most unappreciated player on the Thunder, maybe even the most unappreciated player in the league at his position.
His numbers don’t jump out at you on the stat sheet. His strengths aren’t sexy. His contract, to some, is a sore subject.
The most ardent Perkins critics think the Thunder center should have been amnestied when the team had a chance last summer. They still think the Thunder should to this day. Just this morning, in my weekly chat, I fielded a question about the chances the Thunder actually amnesties Perkins, which means the team waives him and wipes his salary off the books (although the team still must pay him).
In Sunday’s paper, I wrote about why amnestying Perkins isn’t likely to happen. But regardless of how little sense it would make for the Thunder to essentially pay Perkins to play somewhere else, many still think the team should have done it yesterday.