After having two offseason surgeries, one on his wrist and one on his groin, Kendrick Perkins will likely miss all of the Thunder’s training camp and preseason games.
“What we’re trying to do is have him ready for the first game, of the regular season” said Sam Presti at his preseason press conference. “His conditioning, his fitness levels, he’s done a fantastic job. His wrist is the thing we have to be very cautious with and we will be.”
Perkins suffered a partially torn groin in the opening round of the playoffs against the Mavericks and played the entire postseason through it. He then tore a ligament in his wrist during the series against the Spurs and played through that as well.
There goal is to have him ready for the beginning of the regular season, meaning there’s a chance he might not be available for opening night. The team is taking is slow with Perk and not inclined to rush him back whatsoever.
Without Perk, the Thunder will turn to Cole Aldrich and new signees Hasheem Thabeet and Daniel Orton to fill those minutes. Meaning training camp and preseason will provide some pretty open opportunity for one to establish himself as Perkins’ backup.
Because nobody is taking Perk’s job. He’s already made that much clear.