Kendrick Perkins had the worst season of his career in 2012-13.
OKC owes Perkins approximately $19 million over the next two seasons, and although GM Sam Presti has said the Thunder won't amnesty him, Perkins' value is no longer what it used to be. He finished the regular season with averages fo 4.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks on just 45.7 percent shooting.
The Clippers are "high" on Nate McMillan, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard.
We're taking this with a grain of salt, but it appears McMillan's name is being linked to almost every head coach opening in the league. It's becoming increasingly apparent that he'll have a job somewhere next season, and he's been called the frontrunner in Detroit a couple of times.
Nate McMillan said he won't return as an assistant on Mike Krzyzewski's Team USA staff.
Coach K officially returned as head coach Thursday but will apparently have a brand new staff after both McMillan and Mike D'Antoni declined to return as assistants. D'Antoni's issue is related to family concerns while McMillan said he wants to give another coach the opportunity. McMillan is also up for a number of head coaching jobs this summer and likely will want to devote as much time to that as possible in the next couple years. Coach K should have no problem filling out his staff.
Nate McMillan is a candidate for the Clippers head coach vacancy, according to the Los Angeles Times.
McMillan is "one of about five candidates" the Clippers are "seriously considering," but it's not clear who the other four names are in this circle or how serious McMillan is being considered. McMillan is also known to be a candidate for the Pistons, Hawks and Bucks as well.
Thunder GM Sam Presti said that SG Jeremy Lamb "is definitely going to be a contributor to our team in the near future."
Lamb made 23 brief appearances with the Thunder as a rookie, spending most of the season with the Tulsa 66ers where he averaged 21.2 points, 1.8 threes, 5.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Kevin Martin will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and if he's not retained Lamb could step into a considerable role behind Thabo Sefolosha in 2013-14.
Thunder GM Sam Presti said Russell Westbrook (knee surgery) is expected to make a full recovery and should be the same player he was before the injury.
Westbrook should get a firmer rehab timetable once he sheds his crutches within the next month. At that point, we'll have a better idea of when he can begin working out and eventually resume basketball activities. Westbrook should be completely healed and ready to go by the start of training camp.
Thunder GM Sam Presti said the amnesty exemption is not something Oklahoma City has considered using.
Presti was asked the question in relation to Kendrick Perkins, who is due $18.63 million over the next two seasons. Presti said the Thunder believe Perkins has "a lot of value to our team," which certainly didn't seem to be the case in OKC's second-round loss to Memphis. We'll just have to wait and see if Presti is true to his word.