Thunder center Kendrick Perkins underwent surgery Thursday morning in Philadelphia to repair the hip injury that plagued him throughout the playoffs.
Perkins had said just after the season that the injury would not require surgery. But after a recent exam, it became clear that Perkins would need surgery to correct what team officials labeled a minor issue.
Perkins will miss three to four weeks of basketball activities while healing from surgery.
The injury, which the team listed as a right hip strain, occurred on May 5, late in the first quarter of Game 4 of the Thunder's first-round playoff series against Dallas. After spending nine days listed as day-to-day, Perkins reinjured himself on May 14 while attempting a dunk in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Perkins played through pain at various points throughout the playoffs, but after the Thunder was eliminated in the NBA Finals he said the injury “hasn't bothered me since about the Lakers series.”
ALDRICH, JACKSON SIT THURSDAY
Neither Cole Aldrich nor Reggie Jackson played in the Thunder's fourth game of the Orlando Pro Summer league on Thursday.
Both were held out to rest.
Aldrich and Jackson are two of only four players from the Thunder's summer league team who will be on the roster next season, but both were in street clothes on the bench to watch the Thunder's 87-86 win over the Brooklyn Nets.
Both are expected to play in Friday's finale.
THABEET WILL NOT PLAY
Recently-signed center Hasheem Thabeet did not play Thursday and will not play Friday against Utah.
Thabeet has been in Orlando participating in workouts all week with coaches and Thunder guards Daequan Cook and Eric Maynor. The team made the decision to allow Thabeet to continue to work out privately rather than add him to the summer league roster late in the week.
DWIGHT BUYCKS HAS BIG GAME
Thunder summer league guard Dwight Buycks scored a team-high 22 points on 10-for-15 shooting to go with five assists to lead the Thunder to its win over the Nets on Thursday.
Buycks, an undrafted point guard out of Marquette in 2011, played 28 games for the Tulsa 66ers last year and averaged 15.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 26.8 minutes. On Thursday, he started in place of Jackson and proceeded to win a head-to-head battle with former Kansas point guard Tyshawn Taylor.
“Buycks is a tough little guard,” said Thunder coach Mark Bryant. “He really knows how to play the game. He helped us out tremendously throughout this week and he's getting better and better each game. The kid can score, he can pass the ball, he can do quite a few things.”
Lazar Hayward remained at the team hotel instead of attending Thursday's game while nursing flu-like symptoms. Hayward also sustained a shoulder contusion in Wednesday's game. … Latavious Williams scored four points with four rebounds in 22 minutes Thursday. .The Thunder had 15 assists Thursday, the most OKC has had this week … Oklahoma City shot 50.7 percent against Brooklyn, the most efficient the Thunder has been shooting the ball in Orlando. … Friday's Orlando finale against Utah tips off at 7 a.m. Central time.