Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti was busy on Thursday, as he made several public comments concerning the future of the franchise from a basketball standpoint. Presti was vocal in expressing that breakout guard Reggie Jackson would not be in traded in the off-season, and in the same breath, Presti remarked that head coach Scott Brooks would return to the bench for the 2014-2015 campaign. In keeping with the “status quo”, it appears that the Thunder will not be parting ways with center Kendrick Perkins, either.
Presti on the possibility of amnestying Kendrick Perkins: “It’s not something that’s been considered to this point.”
— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) June 5, 2014
Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman brings word that Presti hasn’t considered using the amnesty provision on Perkins, and frankly, that comes as a surprise. The Thunder are one of the few teams in the NBA who still have the capability of using the amnesty clause, and the 29-year-old Perkins would seem to be an obvious candidate after another subpar season of production.
Kendrick Perkins is set to earn more than $9 million for the 2014-2015 season, and with that salary cap figure hanging as an albatross to Presti and the Thunder, it is certainly a questionable decision for Oklahoma City to not explore that choice. That said, there is a long off-season on the horizon for the Thunder, and if Sam Presti chose to “revisit” this thought process, it isn’t hard to imagine that the fan base would begin executing cartwheels on a regular basis.