Back at the trade deadline of 2011, Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge made one of the least popular trades in a long time when he unloaded Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder in return for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic.
With the lack of size and rebounding from the players on the roster in the last two full seasons, the return of "Perk" has been on everyone's mind, particularly fans. Rumors have come out about the possibility of Perkins' current team using the amnesty clause in order to save $18.6 million on their salary cap over the next two seasons, although the team would still have the pay the player. Due to the fact that Perkins current contract was signed prior to July 1, 2011 when the clause became a provision in the latest collective bargaining agreement, he is a player whom is eligible for the clause.
However, according to a report from Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman Thunder GM Sam Presti will not use the amnesty clause on Perkins despite his struggles this season. Presti was very postive in speaking about his big man even though Perkins only averaged 4.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 1.1 bpg, numbers that actually dipped in his 11 postseason appearances.
We just haven't considered using the provision. I wouldn't necessarily directly attribute that to any player on our team. Every team looks at the amnesty provision different based on their different circumstances. But it's not something that we've really explored.
We think Perk has a lot of value to our team. He's a member of a team that won 60 games and helped us to our third division title in three years. I don't know that we can discount that. I'm sure he'd like to have had a better postseason. But I'm sure that's pretty universal for the whole group. And we accept that.
It appears as though if the Celtics are looking for a big man for next season, Kendrick Perkins can be scratched off of their list of potential targets.