May 15, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) waits for play to resume against the Memphis Grizzlies during game five of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Grizzlies defeated the Thunder 88-84. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma City Thunder: Does Kendrick Perkins Want Out?

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Late Sunday Night, Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins broke the number 1 rule in Twitter – he tweeted, deleted and then acted like nothing happened.

You just can’t do that. Somewhere, somehow someone is going to catch it. Once you tweet something it’s out there, and in Perkins’ case it is still out there.

Here is the tweet that he sent at about midnight, after the Thunder beat the Suns 103-96:

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(H/T @JoeBosley)

 

It was deleted shortly after.

Through three games this season, Perkins is averaging 4.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in about 20 minutes per game. The thing is, we don’t really know what that tweet was about.

It could’ve been a personal matter that he was going through, or it could’ve been about his situation with the Thunder, which has diminished over the years.

On the surface, it could be a time for a change – for both the Thunder and Perkins. The real reason that the Thunder traded for Perkins was to get past the “big” Los Angeles Lakers – back when they had a healthy Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. Those days are long gone. Against the Heat (in a potential NBA Finals rematch), Perkins would probably end up being more of a liability than an asset when you come to think of it. I’m not sure what the upside is to keeping him.

Either way, sooner or later we’re going to realize if this was just Perkins letting out some steam, or if it was just a personal matter and carries no significance to the Thunder.

We’ll see.

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