HoopsHype Kendrick Perkins rumors

November 7, 2013 Updates

After a physical loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki gave the Thunder's rookie center Steven Adams a new nickname: "the white Kendrick Perkins." Nowitzki's comment was in regard to Adams' willingness to mix it up down low, a trait that has earned Thunder center Kendrick Perkins a notorious reputation around the league. Adams was involved in an incident in the third quarter in which he and Mavericks guard Vince Carter exchanged elbows, with Carter being ejected from the game for his blow. Dallas Morning News

November 5, 2013 Updates

The Thunder had the chance to remove Perkins from their salary cap in July by waiving him via the amnesty provision, but chose not to do that. The option is available in 2014 and there is a good change it will be used to get Perkins off their books if a trade is not completed by that time. ESPN.com

November 4, 2013 Updates
October 22, 2013 Updates

Kendrick Perkins, returning from a dislocated left ring finger, was back and is expected to play Tuesday against Phoenix. But the headliner was All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook, who participated in on-court drills with the team for the first time since he had arthroscopic surgery earlier this month. “There were bits and pieces where Russell participated in practice, so that was good,” coach Scott Brooks said. “It was good to get everybody out there, working together.” In recent weeks, Westbrook has been seen on the court during the portion of practice open to the media, going through light workouts with the Thunder training staff. But on Monday, he apparently amped it up. And even in that brief setting, Reggie Jackson, the man who is replacing Westbrook in the starting lineup, seemed to be impressed. “Oh, man. Russell today…” Jackson said when asked how Westbrook looked, cracking a sly smile. “It’s actually funny. My brother and his brother talk a little before games. His brother told mine that Russell’s probably bouncing better than ever. I had to see it to believe it. One of the dunks (today), he went up and looked like the old Russell, plus some, head at the rim. We’ll be happy when he gets back fully healthy, but it’s good to see him with a smile on his face, being about the team, bouncing back and happy to be back on the court.” Oklahoman

October 21, 2013 Updates

For the first time since training camp started, the Thunder had its full complement of players for at least a portion of Monday’s practice. Kendrick Perkins, returning from a dislocated left ring finger, was back and is expected to play Tuesday against Phoenix. But the headliner was All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook, who participated in on-court drills with the team for the first time since he had arthroscopic surgery earlier this month. Oklahoman

October 13, 2013 Updates
October 12, 2013 Updates

Perkins and his wife, Vanity, also were involved in an incident at an Oklahoma City nail salon in early January. A security camera captured Vanity Perkins haggling with salon employees over the quality of service and payment before Kendrick Perkins threw a Gatorade bottle at the door while driving away. Despite recurring run-ins, Perkins said the incidents are not reflective of who he is. “I know what type of person I am,” Perkins said. “And I know the organization knows what type of person I am. So if you’re around me on a day-to-day basis you will know what type of person, human being I am. So at the end of the day I don’t feel like I have to prove anything to anybody (in the) outside world about what type of guy I am as far as my character. I know what type of guy I am. I know what type of guy I stand for. I’m a married guy with two children…If you know me you know what kind of guy I am.” Oklahoman

October 11, 2013 Updates

Kendrick Perkins’ attorney released a statement for his client on Friday claiming Perk is innocent in the reported altercation that happened Houston in July. “Kendrick Perkins did nothing wrong, and I am confident that he will be exonerated,” said Matt Hennessy of DeGuerin, Dickson, Hennessy and Ward. “My client takes these charges very seriously. He is a respectful and kind person and is anxious to address these charges for the sake of his family and his team. We will defend these allegations vigorously in court.” DailyThunder.com

October 10, 2013 Updates
September 30, 2013 Updates

Addressing the Boston press for the first time since the Celtics traded Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett this summer, the rehabbing Rajon Rondo didn’t seem all that bothered by their absence at Media Day. “It wasn’t difficult at all,” said Rondo. “I didn’t feel anything. I actually landed in L.A. the night of the draft, and I got about 45 text messages coming through my phone. I thought I was traded. You never know.” Instead, the Celtics had dealt Pierce and Garnett, the face and the soul of the franchise that drafted him. So, Rondo traded texts with his longtime teammates, even talked to them on the phone, but beyond that? “It’s part of the business,” added Rondo. “They’re not the first teammates that I’ve been close to who have been traded away — Perk [Kendrick Perkins], Tony Allen — so it’s part of the process.” WEEI.com

August 12, 2013 Updates
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July 9, 2013 Updates

The scope, while considered routine for players with previous injuries, is not something Perkins envisioned needing this summer. He insisted at his exit interview in May that he didn't require any type of surgery this offseason. Perkins also said last month that he was “excited” about the prospects of finally going through a summer surgery-free. “To be honest with you, I was excited about this summer, being able to work on my game,” Perkins said during an appearance at a team-sponsored youth camp. “This is my first summer without having surgery, so I'm just excited about it. I definitely didn't like how I finished the season this past season, or the postseason. I was kind of embarrassed about the way I played. So the only way to go about it is to go back to the drawing board, and I'm just treating this summer like I'm a rookie again.” Oklahoman

Thunder center Kendrick Perkins underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday morning, The Oklahoman has learned. Perkins is expected to resume full basketball activities in two weeks. Oklahoman

June 25, 2013 Updates

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