This is not an age of big men. Teams don't face-off against the likes of David Robinson, Hakeem Olajuwon, Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning and Shaquille O'Neal every week.
This is the era of the salary cap though. When every team only has a finite amount of money to spend on each player, that fills each roster spot, the word "value" takes on a whole lot of meaning.
The newest NBA collective bargaining agreement contains a provision that allows teams to "amnesty" one player between this season and the conclusion of the 2015-2016 season.
That player will still get paid his salary but it won't count against the team's salary cap or luxury tax.
Should the Oklahoma City Thunder use this provision on Kendrick Perkins?
It just might make sense. Here's why.