Kendrick Perkins Agrees To Contract Extension With Thunder

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Kendrick Perkins, Thunder Agree To Contract Extension

Kendrick Perkins has agreed to an extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder, just six days after the big man was traded from the Boston Celtics at the NBA's deadline, the team announced Tuesday morning. Details are not yet known, but Perkins was eligible for a four-year extension. Earlier this year, he turned down a four-year, $22 million extension offer from the Celtics. 

"We had a unique opportunity to enter into discussions with Kendrick to solidify his future with our organization," said [Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam] Presti. "We are pleased to know that he will be a part of our core group now and in the future. Kendrick's blue-collar, team-first approach aligns with the vision we hold for building a sustainable team in the Oklahoma City community."

While Perkins (and the Celtics teammates left behind) were emotionally hurt by the trade, the extension shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. During his introductory press conference in Oklahoma City, Perkins told the media the Thunder had been on his radar for some time. 

"I actually talked to my agent about Oklahoma City last year," Perk told the media when he arrived in OKC. "I knew my contract was coming to an end, so I asked him, 'Do you think they would be interested?' God works in mysterious ways, and now I'm happy to be here."

Perkins has yet to play a game for the Thunder as he recovers from a strained MCL suffered in a game against the Warriors while still with the Celtics on Feb. 22. 

For more on Perkins and the extension, visit Welcome To Loud City and CelticsBlog.

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Nate Robinson On Kendrick Perkins: 'He Was Real Emotional, Crying'

Thursday afternoon, just before the NBA's trade deadline, the Celtics sent Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic and a draft pick. Those players left behind, preparing for a game against the Denver Nuggets, are "seriously hurting" in a silent locker room

And while we haven't heard from Perkins yet, Robinson spoke with the Boston Globe's Gary Washburn, and said he's talked with Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge, and understand it was a "business move," saying, "it's cool."

"I will never be surprised about anything. Especially with the trades and what everybody else is doing. I had a blast. The fans were great. They welcomed me with open arms. I had tough shoes to fill with Eddie House."

Robinson also discussed what it means to Perkins:

"He's taking it pretty hard because he's been here 8 years. He was real emotional, crying. I feel bad for him. He's been in real tied in with Rondo and other guys on the team. I feel his pain." 

"With Perk, everybody thinks he's mean because of how he looks but he's a soft giant. He has a good heart. He's a good person. I told him he's not alone. We're going (to OKC) together. It's not like you'll be by yourself, you got me right by your side. We're going to make it work together." 

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