Well that didn’t take very long.
The Oklahoman is reporting that Kendrick Perkins has signed an extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Terms of the deal were not immediately known, but Perkins is eligible for a four-year extension. Perkins earlier this season had turned down a four-year offer worth approximately $22 million from the Celtics.
“We had a unique opportunity to enter into discussions with Kendrick to solidify his future with our organization,” said Thunder GM 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.”
Perkins is still sidelined with a knee injury, and doesn’t expect to make his Thunder debut for another few weeks. At his opening press conference, though, Perkins talked about his desire to be a member of Oklahoma City for a long time.
“I hope I can be here,” Perkins said on Saturday. “I (want to) be here. I couldn’t find a better situation for myself. I really want to be here. It’s just a great organization.”
The deal gives Perkins some stability, which seemed to be important to him after being blind-sided by the trade last week. The Thunder also avoid having to compete for Perkins’ services on the free-agent market this summer.