Kendrick Perkins, who reportedly wept at being told he was being traded by the Celtics to the Thunder, has now signed a contract extension with Oklahoma City.
This, mind you, before he’s ever played a single game in the Big Breezy. (He’s expected to be out for a couple of weeks with a knee injury; Thunder medical staff, who set the league standard for “finicky” they once sent back Tyson Chandler for toe jam, or something along those lines have apparently given him a clean bill of health once the knee clears up.) So Perk knew what he wanted: a place on a contender, at a price higher than Boston, mired in luxury-tax land, would be able to pay. Said price was not disclosed, in accordance with all the unwritten laws, but $34 million over four years seems to be the magic number; Perk had declined a $22-million extension from the Celtics. For a big man with plenty of good years left in him, this still sounds like a bargain.