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Oklahoma City Thunder: Kendrick Perkins certainly won't be conceding his spot to Steven Adams

Kendrick Perkins called this summer the biggest four months of his career. Not only is Steven Adams breathing down his neck for his job, but Perkins also is entering the final year of his contract.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: June 15, 2014

Listen to Kendrick Perkins and it becomes perfectly clear what his intentions are.

He plans on retaining his starting spot next season.

If you think he’s going to graciously step back for fearless rookie Steven Adams to step up, think again.

Perkins plans on playing.

When asked his thoughts about splitting more time with Adams next season as a two-man platoon at center for the Thunder, Perkins tried to answer as diplomatically as possible. But his response told you all you needed to know.

“Yeah, I mean, you just take it one game at a time,” Perkins said. “Next season is going to be what it’s going to be. I feel like he’s a competitor, and I’m a competitor.”

It’s an interesting dilemma for Thunder coach Scott Brooks.

Do you stick with the veteran whose best days are behind him but still owns a vast knowledge of the game’s intricacies?

Or do switch to the young buck and live with mistakes but bank on him being better down the line?

“That remains to be seen,” Brooks said. “There’s a lot of work that needs to be done this summer. Obviously, (Perkins) has been a big part of what we’ve done over the years. We have a good group of guys that all have to come back better, and I expect that to happen with all of our guys … We have four months before the next season starts.”

Perkins called it the biggest four months of his career.

Not only is Adams breathing down his neck for his job, but Perkins also is entering the final year of his contract. He won’t fetch nearly as lucrative a contract as the four-year, $32 million deal to which the Thunder inked him in 2011. But to maximize his value, Perkins must not only hold off Adams but also perform.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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