Feb. 10, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: OKC Thunder Tried to Trade Kendrick Perkins

The Oklahoma City Thunder have apparently soured on big man Kendrick Perkins as according to Andy Katz of ESPN, they attempted to package the former Boston Celtic with the 12th and 29th picks in Thursday’s NBA Draft.

Per Katz:

Elsewhere, a source said Oklahoma City was interested in packaging its two first-round picks (Nos. 12 and 29) and Kendrick Perkins for a top-five pick. But the Thunder have had no takers either.

While there are a handful of teams attempting to move up in the draft, the #12 pick isn’t exactly a super desirable pick and Kendrick Perkins’ contract is a bit of an albatross as he’s due nearly $20 million dollars for the next two years. Granted, there are far worse contracts out there but given you’d be sending a top five pick to OKC and getting back an average pick, a bad pick and Perkins’ contract, it’s pretty obvious why there were no takers.

The Thunder may have better success swapping out Perkins for a cheaper talent along with one of their youthful talents like Jeremy Lamb or Perry Jones if they’re serious about making a deal, which they don’t appear to be at this point.

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