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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

/articleid/4913466/1/pictures/2757132">Photo - Oklahoma City's Kendrick Perkins (5) reacts during Game 3 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn., Thursday, April 24, 2014. Memphis won 98-95. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Kendrick Perkins (5) reacts during Game 3 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn., Thursday, April 24, 2014. Memphis won 98-95. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, The Oklahoman

“I know this offseason is going be the biggest offseason of my career,” Perkins said. “It’s my first time ever going to be approaching a time when I’m going to be an unrestricted free agent. So (I’ve) definitely got to come back in better shape and try to get back to the basketball that I played in Boston. So that’s my goal.”

And Perkins will be back despite all the talk over the last few seasons of amnestying him.

Thunder general manager Sam Presti essentially said it’s not happening while insinuating that the Thunder would have lost in the first round rather than the Western Conference Finals had Perkins not been on the roster.

“It’s not something that’s been considered to this point,” Presti said. “Kendrick, as we know, is somebody that’s contributed to a lot of our success… I think he’s been wonderful for Steven Adams, and I think he’s had a lot to do with Steven’s growth, especially in the postseason, specifically how he studies and plays position defense. It would take something that would really help us strategically to look at that.”

Presti leaves all decisions on playing time up to Brooks. But while discussing Adams’ surprising debut season, the GM included a reminder of the organization’s methodical and meticulous history.

It could have been an indicator of which way the brain trust is leaning.

“There’s no question Steven has a bright future here,” Presti said. “Moderation has always been helpful for us in our development.”

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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