Posted September 26, 2012 on
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Oklahoma City Thunder
The Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder are getting even younger.
With the core of the team built around 23-year-olds Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the Thunder allowed three veterans who were over 30 to walk away in free agency this summer. That leaves forward Nick Collison as the team's only thirtysomething.
While Derek Fisher, Nazr Mohammed and Royal Ivey left, Oklahoma City added younger, unproven players to take their roster spots while saving room in their budget to sign NBA blocks leader Serge Ibaka to a contract extension and perhaps keep James Harden, too.
General manager Sam Presti says he's confident that Durant and Westbrook are ready to evolve into better leaders even if they aren't veterans yet.
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Thunder GM, Sam Presti, said yesterday that Kendrick Perkins may very well miss the entire pre-season.
Apparently his wrist has yet to fully heal and the team would rather take things slowly than force it and run risk of re-injury.
Smart move. No way OKC gets past the Lakers without Perk.
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Kendrick Perkins could miss all of training camp and perhaps each of the Thunder's seven preseason games while recovering from wrist surgery.