Wednesday , Mar , 02 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

A Thunderous Deal: Why Perkins is worth $35 million extension

The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed center Kendrick Perkins to a multi-year contract extension, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, the terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but Yahoo! Sports reports that it will pay Perkins $34.8 million over four years.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: They got their man at the trade deadline. Now they’ll keep him for a while.

Once again, the Oklahoma City Thunder has scored a victory, extending newly acquired Kendrick Perkins to a very reasonable four-year, $35 million contract.

The Perkins-for-Jeff Green trade between the Boston Celtics and Thunder was controversial, but there’s little doubt the massive five-man can help Sam Presti’s club.

Consider the following facts:

First, Perkins’ size and toughness will help a Thunder club that was deemed too soft in the paint to challenge the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers in a seven-game series.

Second, Perkins can serve as a defensive anchor. This will appeal to coach Scott Brooks, who implores his young Thunder to get stops.

Third, Perkins has attitude –lots of it, in fact. Whether glaring at refs, opponents, or occasionally teammates, Perkins accepts nothing less than winning.

Finally, Perkins acquisition could be a case of addition by subtraction. Green, a talented forward, wasn’t fitting in with the Thunder. Trading him solidifies the team’s core.

There is much discussion about Perkins’ worth. Some of these comments are fair; some of these comments are unfair.

When healthy, Perkins is a top defensive center, and this is exactly what the Thunder needed.

–Oly Sandor.


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