Skip to content

Denial: No Suns’ Gortat for Thunder’s Perkins trade happening

Feb 20, 2013, 1:12 PM EDT

Kendrick Perkins AP

If you’re in the Oklahoma City front office and you watched the Miami Heat toy with your team last Thursday night, it had to make your stomach turn a little. Get to a finals rematch and things may not be pretty.

Maybe you need to make a trade. Find a way to get some points in the paint, one of Miami’s known weaknesses. Which meant this report out of the Arizona Republic Wednesday morning made some sense.

…another source said there was All-Star break talk of Oklahoma City exploring Marcin Gortat and P.J. Tucker for Kendrick Perkins, Jeremy Lamb and a first-round pick.

Interesting. I like it if I’m OKC, Gortat is solid defensively and gives you a lot more offense (well, any offense would be an upgrade).

But the Suns would be stuck with Perkins and his two seasons, $18.5 million after this one. (Oklahoma City can amnesty Perkins this summer, the Suns could not.) Which is probably why we saw this tweet from John Gambadoro of KTAR sports talk radio in the Valley of the Sun.

The Suns, who are $6.4 million under the salary cap, will be active at the deadline and are having a lot of conversations.

But it’s interesting to see the Thunder are considering some shakeups to their roster outside of just moving Eric Maynor. I don’t expect a Thunder move, but we’ll be watching more closely now.

  1. fullynitro - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    is it ironic Perkins is out of the lineup tonight.

  2. gpatrick15 - Feb 20, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Presti seems to be able to keep things close to the vest. The original Perkins trade came out of nowhere. I wouldn’t be shocked to see them make another similar move. If the right offer comes along I don’t think they’ll be afraid to bite. I don’t really see anyone taking on Perkins and his contract, but odd deals happen every year as the deadline approaches.

  3. fullynitro - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    reports now are that perkins tweeked a knee in practice yesterday.

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Featured video

Wizards playing spoiler in East
Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. A. Jefferson (3128)
  2. K. Durant (3087)
  3. D. Wade (3017)
  4. D. Rose (2844)
  5. L. James (2702)
  1. J. Noah (2642)
  2. K. Bryant (2549)
  3. A. Bogut (2353)
  4. S. Curry (2204)
  5. D. Howard (2181)