Following last week's trades that sent Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic and a first-round pick to Boston for Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson and D.J. White and Morris Peterson to Charlotte for Nazr Mohammed, the Thunder now has an open roster spot.
Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Tuesday that he and general manager Sam Presti have had dialogue about which direction to go with the available spot. But Brooks said there is no guarantee that the team will fill it.
“It's always a spot that can stay available,” Brooks said. “I don't know yet. I'm still trying to figure out how we can integrate our players that we have now. I'm not sure if we're going to use that or not. But if we do, I know it's going to be another player that we can know what to expect from. He's going to be a good kid. He's going to be a worker. And he's going to have some good skill sets.”
While more attractive names like Corey Brewer and Jason Kapono have been linked to the Thunder, Brooks sounded as if that caliber of player wouldn't be brought to OKC.
“That 15th spot, nothing against that 15th spot because I was that 15th spot a few times in my career, (but) it's very slim that that spot plays,” Brooks said. “It's usually a high energy (player) that makes practices very competitive.”
FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF KRSTIC
According to the Boston Herald, Celtics coach Doc Rivers was quite impressed with the debut of former Thunder starting center Krstic.
When Krstic pulled down two offensive rebounds on the team's first possession, Rivers reportedly turned to assistant coach Lawrence Frank and asked, “Does he do that all the time?”
Frank, who coached Krstic during his early days, replied: “If he did, I'd still be in New Jersey.”
Perkins on Tuesday wouldn't make any bold predictions about the future of the Thunder. But he certainly was encouraged with the team's core.
“I just think the sky's the limit,” Perkins said. “Guys come in, they work hard; young guys at that. It's very seldom you see young guys that's 21, 22 that work they way they do and care about the game the way they care about the game. I'm not going to sit up here and make any promises. I know we're going to be good. But whether we're going to be great, that's on us.”
Kendrick Perkins: “One thing I don't miss about Boston is the weather. I ain't gon' lie about that.”