“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.”