Hero Of The NBA Finals Must Decide Future Soon; There’s Another Unlikely Draft Promise

By: 06.24.12
Kendrick Perkins

Kendrick Perkins

As for the losers of the Finals, GM Sam Presti and coach Scott Brooks plan to sit down soon and discuss a contract extension. Everyone in OKC seems to love the job Brooks does, even if he’s often scolded for playing Kendrick Perkins too much. While being out-coached on the biggest stage by a guy who looked like a 17-year-old with his snapback on backwards during the trophy presentation is bad, Brooks has held his own and done a good enough job that the Thunder have arrived faster than even we expected. ESPN’s Marc Stein reports the team is willing to pay him more than $4 million annually for two or three years, but Brooks wants a guaranteed deal for a full four years. OKC is such a family-oriented atmosphere that don’t you HAVE to bring him back? On the other hand, we’ve seen teams come close before switching to a higher profile coach to get that last push … Like Mike Miller, offseason surgery seems likely for Kendrick Perkins, who played most of the postseason with a partially torn groin. Perkins is in a little bit of a bind this summer. He has the injury to worry about, as well as the growing statistical evidence that OKC is much better without him, even after he complained about his playing time at points throughout the Finals. Seriously, he might be the only dude alive who doesn’t know the Thunder are Patrick Bateman-like when they go small. Then there’s this: OKC really has to think about using the amnesty clause on him if they want to keep their core together (KD-Westbrook-Harden-Ibaka). In order to stay beneath the tax line in the next year or two – and the Thunder’s brass has maintained they definitely want to – they might have to drop Perk … And in honor of another scoring title, Nike is releasing another special edition of the KDIV this July. These joins are just ridiculously dope … We’re out like Gloria James’ curfew.

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