Kendrick Perkins Extension May Be Too Early for Oklahoma City Thunder

Joye Pruitt@hoopselectSenior Analyst IMarch 1, 2011

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 10:  Kendrick Perkins #43 of the Boston Celtics and Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers fight for the ball in the first quarter against on February 10, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The only thing more surprising with the Boston Celtics releasing their big man, Kendrick Perkins, would be the Thunder signing him to an extension before he has even proven himself in Scoot Brooks' rotation. But the NBA has turned into the league of mind-altering moves, so it should have been expected.

Although, a lot of people fee like Boston may have made a huge mistake by replacing one of their low post powers with the younger, defensively challenged player they received in Jeff Green, Oklahoma City has yet to see how important Perkins will be alongside instrumental pieces like Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and defensive machine Thabo Sefolosha.

Not only that, but he is so plagued by injury, I would have expected the Thunder to see how many, if any games he would play post-All-Star Break for them.

He stepped onto the team with a pre-existing injury and probably will not play a game until around March 18 or, at least, the team hopes.

Perkins comes out of this deal the biggest winner of them all. He was already interested in playing for the team as early as last offseason, when he was informed that the Thunder team was possibly interested in him. However, being moved from an established powerhouse like the Celtics must have stung a little, especially since he was not able to reach an extension agreement with the team.

This trade could be extremely great for both sides or incredibly stupid for the OKC Thunder. There is no minor loss, all the chips have been thrown up in the air and in the coming months, we all will be witness to where they fall.Β 


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