By Randy Renner
Well the rumors are flyin’ now!
ESPN’s Chris Broussard is reporting the Miami Heat will make a push to acquire Thunder center and longtime lightning rod Kendrick Perkins. Broussard doesn’t get into specifics, like what the Heat would offer the Thunder or if perhaps a third team would be involved.
It’s also not clear if Heat boss Pat Riley is trying to work a trade for Perk or if he’s talking about making a run at Perkins only if the Thunder amnesty him.
Most folks figure at some point next season (maybe even opening night) Steven Adams will be OKC’s starting center (or if not he'll get the majority of the minutes) and Perk will move to a backup or a lesser role and will continue to mentor Adams.
But if the Thunder actually move Perkins they will have to get another big man in here, either through trade, free agency or the draft. You don’t really want to start the season with Adams as the starter and Hasheem Thabeet his backup do you?
We’ll see if this report has any real legs to it, I’m kinda doubting it at the moment but you never know.
By the way that same Broussard report mentioned that former OU star Blake Griffin might end up going to Miami via a sign and trade deal if the Clippers try to get LeBron James and Broussard also reported former Thunder Sixth Man of the Year James Harden could be on the way out of Houston if the Rockets take a big belly flop into the free agent pool and actually try to nab both Lebron and Carmelo Anthony.
So, big day for Chris Broussard, lots of rumors, lots of big names lots of, uh, well who knows what yet. But it’s certainly a big ol’ pile of something.