Kendrick Perkins has turned down a contract extension offer from the Boston Celtics, according to the Boston Herald.
I assume the offer — a deal reportedly worth slightly less than $30 million over four years — made Perkins scowl. Perkins and his agent, Arn Tellem, reportedly prefer to wait until Perk hits free agency to negotiate his new deal. Which makes sense: in a league where Brendan Haywood commands $55 million (mostly to pick splinters out of his butt while backing up Tyson Chandler), Perk will likely receive a better deal than the one he turned down. Even with the new Collective Bargaining Agreement looming, Perk can look forward to cashing in during the free agency period.
The Miami Heat will be one team jockeying for Perk’s services, according to Marc Spears. But the Heat, with more than $62 million guaranteed next year, will likely be unable to offer Perk anything greater than a mid-level exception (though the new CBA could change everything). And I don’t know about you, but I can’t see Perk leaving Boston for a lower offer.
Warning: I’m covering the Celtics-Magic game from the Garden today for SLAM, so I don’t know how much I’ll post to the blog.