Perkins, Thunder agree to 4-year, 34.8 million deal

Perkins, Thunder agree to 4-year, 34.8 million deal
March 1, 2011, 4:35 pm
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By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com

Just a week after being traded by the Boston Celtics, Kendrick Perkins signed a multiyear contract extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team announced on Tuesday.

Prior to the trade, Perkins had turned down the Celtics preliminary offer, which he told CSNNE.com was close to 22 million over four years. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Perkins' deal with the Thunder is worth 34.8 million over four years.

We had a unique opportunity to enter into discussions with Kendrick to solidify his future with our organization, the Thunder's executive vice-president and general manager, Sam Presti, said in a statement. We are pleased to know that he will be a part of our core group now and in the future. Kendricks blue-collar, team-first approach aligns with the vision we hold for building a sustainable team in the Oklahoma City community.

Perkins signed the deal before ever playing a game for the Thunder. He is currently sidelined with a sprained MCL he suffered last week against the Warriors in his last appearance for the Celtics.

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